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SK Telecom and AWS launch 5G Edge cloud service in Korea

05 January 2021 | Abigail Opiah

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SK Telecom has announced the launch of ‘SKT 5GX Edge’, the first 5G edge cloud service in Korea, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The company said SKT 5GX Edge enables its customers to build mobile applications that require ultra-low latency.

With SKT 5GX Edge, applications are connected to ‘AWS Wavelength Zones,’ which are located at the edge of SKT’s 5G network.

The edge cloud service with AWS Wavelength will enable SKT’s enterprise customers and developers to build innovative services in areas including machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), video games and streaming using the familiar AWS services.

SKT and AWS began operating the first AWS Wavelength Zone in Korea in Daejeon and plan to expand the infrastructure to other areas including Seoul in 2021.

“In collaboration with AWS, SK Telecom has successfully integrated private 5G and edge cloud,” said Ryu Young-sang, President of MNO at SK Telecom.

“By leveraging this new technology, we will lead the efforts to create and expand innovative business models in game, media services, logistics, and manufacturing industries.”

SKT has collaborated with AWS since February 2020 to deploy AWS Wavelength Zones on SKT’s 5G network and worked with 20 enterprise customers to test the service for technological perfection.

The pair have been making efforts to improve operational stability of autonomous robots and efficiency in remote monitoring and control.

Together with Woowa Brothers, the operator of food delivery app ‘Baedal Minjok,’ the two companies have completed tests of applying the 5G MEC service to outdoor food delivery robot Dilly Drive.

The pair also revealed that work continues with local robotics company Robotis to test run autonomous robots in the 5G cloud environment.

Matt Garman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, AWS said, “With AWS Wavelength on SKT’s 5G network, customers in South Korea can develop applications that take advantage of ultra-low latencies to address use cases like machine learning inference at the edge, smart cities and smart factories, and autonomous vehicles – all while using the same familiar AWS services, API, and tools to deploy them to 5G networks worldwide.”

The two companies have also signed an agreement with Shinsegae I&C and Maxst to build an Augmented Reality (AR) navigation and guidance system in Coex Starfield, a large-scale shopping mall in Seoul.