SK Telecom selects Ericsson for Cloud Packet Core for 5G network

SK Telecom has selected telecom equipment maker Ericsson to deliver a Cloud Packet Core for its 5G network in South Korea.
SK Telecom Announces the Worlds First 5G Smartphone SubscribersEricsson’s Cloud Packet Core helps service providers to migrate to 5G Core stand-alone architecture.

Jung Chang-kwan, head of Infra Engineering Group, SK Telecom, said: “By utilizing Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core network solution, which realizes simplified network operations, we will unleash the full potential of new 5G-enabled use cases with greater efficiency.”

Jan Karlsson, head of Digital Services, Ericsson, said: “This deal with SK Telecom’s Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) has put us in the ideal position to further strengthen their 5G network.”

SK Telecom switched on its commercial 5G network in December 2018 after selecting Ericsson as one of its primary 5G vendors.

Previously, Ericsson provided radio access network (RAN) products, including mid-band Massive MIMO, to SK Telecom.

Ericsson, which competes with Nokia, Huawei and ZTE, recently said it now has more than 75 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique communication service providers, of which 23 are live networks.