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5G Network Collaboration Seen Between NEC and KT Corp

By Joe Rizzo August 07, 2015

Fifth generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems, which we know simply as 5G, represents the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards which go beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards. We have heard, over the past year or so that several companies are working on 5G solutions and it is expected to be commercially available within the next five years.

Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and the growing number of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, there will be billions of bandwidth-hungry devices connected to the Internet via mobile networks in the years to come. However, issues such as what frequencies 5G networks will operate on, along with what their bandwidth standards will be and what kind of infrastructure they will require remain to be determined.

The KT Corporation, formerly known as Korea Telecom and also known as KT is a South Korean integrated wired and wireless telecommunication service provider. KT focuses on information and communications business, and it has the largest portion of the South Korean local telephone and high-speed Internet market.

With respect to the bandwidth-hungry devices, KT realizes the need to make Internet connections 10 times faster in order to connect people and all things to the Internet. This will be the only way of enabling the creation of integrated services and advancing the sophistication of information and communication technologies, which is KT’s vision of "GiGAtopia."

It is with these ideas in mind that it was announced this week that KT will be partnering with Japanese multinational provider of information technology (IT) services and products, NEC in an effort to collaborate in the field of 5G next-generation mobile telecommunications network.

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This collaboration should come as no surprise given the two companies have worked together in the past. Their most recent association has dealt with software defined networking (SDN), in addition, the two companies are in the process of research and development in fields such as network functions virtualization (NFV) and management and network orchestration (MANO).

NEC’s executive vice president, Shunichiro Tejima, said, "With this new collaboration on 5G network, we are delighted to further deepen our existing relationship with KT. Combining our expertise, I firmly believe KT and NEC can contribute to realizing an innovative communication services in South Korea, one of the most advanced countries in communications technology and infrastructure."

The expectation is that NEC will utilize its technology and expertise in both IT and networking and will be offering advanced network solutions based on its NFV and 5G technologies. This will add to KT's 5G services through the development of technologies designed to achieve all that the 5G network can offer.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Writer

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