SK Telecom and Intel Collaborate to Advance 6G Core Architecture with Groundbreaking Technology

SK Telecom has joined forces with Intel to unveil technology aimed at reducing communication delays crucial for the evolution of 6G Core Architecture.
SK Telecom to expand LTE speedThe Core network, acting as the gateway for all voice and data traffic from mobile devices to access the Internet network, plays a pivotal role in ensuring security and service quality through the interconnection of various systems within the mobile communication service.

The demands placed on the 6G Core Architecture necessitate higher flexibility and safety compared to previous communication generations. Embedding intelligent and automation technologies is essential to provide stable AI service quality and cater to the evolving needs of customers.

As Core network technology advances, the increasing complexity of various systems within the network and the detailed functions providing diverse services lead to a surge in communication delays. Traditional communication standard technologies struggle to address these limitations, especially for the interconnection between unit functions within the existing Core network.

The result of this collaboration, the Inline Service Mesh, leverages Intel Xeon processors with built-in AI capabilities. This technology successfully enhances communication speed within the Core network by minimizing latency between unit functions without the need for proxies.

This development allows for the application of AI in a broader spectrum of models within the Core network, particularly beneficial for AI that demands substantial computation resources. SK Telecom has already introduced a technology that reduces wireless resource usage by 40 percent and enhances connectivity by analyzing real-time movement patterns of users. Through this collaboration, the companies anticipate a 70 percent reduction in communication delays and a 33 percent increase in service efficiency within the Core network, courtesy of the 6G Core Architecture.

SKT plans to implement the results of this research in commercial equipment next year. A comprehensive technical white paper has been published, detailing the technology, development process, and associated benefits.

The collaboration between SKT and Intel spans a decade of research on key wired and wireless mobile communication technologies. Building on the success of this venture, the companies plan to continue their research and development efforts, focusing on traffic processing improvement technologies that incorporate AI throughout various areas of the Core network.

Yu Takki, Vice President and Head of Infra Tech at SKT, expressed the significance of this achievement, stating, “We have made another technical stride through continuous cooperation with Intel to secure leadership in 6G. We will persist in our research endeavors to commercialize AI-based 6G Core Architecture.”

Dan Rodriguez, Corporate Vice President of Intel Network & Edge Solutions Group, highlighted the global impact of their collaboration, stating, “Our research and development efforts with SK Telecom continue to deliver innovations deployed by Communications Service Providers worldwide. By leveraging the latest Intel Xeon processors with built-in AI features, our companies are driving performance and efficiency improvements crucial for the future of Core networks.”