SK Telecom trials Intel chips for 5G standalone core network

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SK Telecom has trialed 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Ethernet 800 Series network adaptors as part of its transition to a 5G Standalone core network. The Intel technology will help SK Telecom improve performance in latency and jitter for high priority traffic. An Intel spokesperson said, “The partnership between Intel and SK Telecom was indeed an R&D project. However, SK Telecom noted that they plan to roll it out with Samsung later this year or early next. The announcement of the project also demonstrates to the larger industry that 5G SA core is ready to be deployed in the network for the full 5G end-end experience.”
Alex Quach, VP of Intel’s Data Platforms Group, said most operators around the world are still leveraging a 4G core network. “The way different service providers implement their 5G core is going to vary,” said Quach. “Every service provider has unique circumstances. The transition to a new 5G core is going to be different for every operator.”

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