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SK Telecom, Bell Labs unite for post 4G tech

Posted: 23 Oct 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:4G  R&D  wireless 

SK Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent's R&D Bell Labs, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the two companies to cooperate in research and development of post 4G wireless telecommunication technologies and intelligent network technologies. The agreement provides a framework for research projects in next-generation telecommunications technology.

In the area of wireless technology, one potential project involves the two companies working towards defining what the shape of wireless networks, in particular the applications running on those networks, will look like beyond the 4G networks that network operators are intending to launch over the next few years. Another potential area focuses on developing methods for enabling increasingly complex networks to manage and configure themselves. Demand for these self-optimising networks is expected to grow as network operators aim to achieve greater efficiencies.

Through this relationship, both SK Telecom and Bell Labs can use their complementary interests. SK Telecom expects to collaborate in core technologies such as interference control, network automation and virtualisation under multi-network environment, which will contribute to optimising the network transmission efficiency as well as reducing network operation cost. The project will serve as a platform for Bell Labs to deepen its capabilities in emerging technology areas and broaden its research programme in Korea.

"This agreement is a great opportunity for both companies to collaborate on future core telecommunication technologies through a combination of SK Telecom's wide range of end-user services and capability in network commercialisation and Bell Labs' market proven R&D power in telecommunication area," said Jae Wan Byun, Senior VP and head of institute of network technology, SK Telecom.

"We believe that Bell Labs' preeminent research capabilities in emerging network technologies combined with SK Telecom's market experience could lead to new growth opportunities for Alcatel-Lucent and enable SK Telecom to achieve its strategic objectives," said Debasis Mitra, VP, global research and university partnership, Bell Labs.

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