SK Telecom’s Pursuit of MEC

by Miguel Castaneda | 1Q 2021 | IN-6041
The South Korean operator SK Telecom remains steady in its 5G ambitions. SK Telecom has already established a healthy foothold in the consumer market. According to the Ministry of Science and ICT, South Korea’s 5G subscriptions were at an estimated 9.25 million at the end of September 2020, with SK Telecom comprising nearly half of these subscriptions. SK Telecom plans to progress their commercial success in both the 5G consumer market and business-to-business services by placing computing functions in closer proximity to the source of data traffic through Multiaccess Edge Computing (MEC) network architecture. MEC’s distributed intelligence would mainly facilitate lower latency and higher reliability network provisioning. Processing data at the edge and bypassing the issues of transporting large amounts of data to centralized data centers can theoretically reduce applications’ and services’ final service round-trip times to as low as 10 milliseconds in a more secure manner.