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SK Telecom plans to differentiate its 5G network based on AI, strong security and high speed

SKT will apply IDQ’s quantum cryptography in 2019.

SK Telecom has said it will launch 5G services at 00:00, December 1, 2018 in central areas of Seoul, Seoul Metropolitan Area and six metropolitan cities. The company plans to expand its 5G service coverage to 85 cities nationwide by September 2019.

SK Telecom said that the first commercial 5G service will be provided to Myunghwa Industry – an auto parts company based in Ansan.

Quantum cryptography is key

Recognising the importance of stability and security of the 5G network, SK Telecom has been focusing on developing related technologies. In particular, through six years of development, the company has successfully developed the world’s smallest Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) chip in 2016 with ID Quantique. Also, in February 2018, SK Telecom has invested in ID Quantique, the world’s No. 1 quantum-safe cryptography solutions provider, to further strengthen its technological capabilities.

To provide watertight security for its 5G network, SK Telecom will first apply quantum cryptography communication technology to the Seoul-Ansan section of its 5G network and plans to apply the technology to its customer authentication server in the first half of next year.

CEO Park Jung-ho said he is “Determined to provide the highest level of network security and stability at all times, SK Telecom will continue to work closely with companies across the globe to secure the best technologies.”

SK Telecom is positioning its launch as not just about 5G connectivity, but about creating a future for itself based on the convergence of 5G and AI technologies.

Powered by AI, SK Telecom’s 5G network will be able to maintain the best communication quality by accurately predicting the time and place of data traffic congestions. Based on its predictions, the AI will allocate more network capacity in advance if deemed necessary or automatically adjust the antenna directions and area of radiowave propagation.

Park Jung-ho posted a message on the company’s bulletin board saying, “In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, 5G is expected to serve as the main artery that connects people and things and also things themselves, and AI will act as the brain that analyses complicated data and seeks optimal solutions. Both 5G and AI will become the core competitiveness of SK Telecom.”

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