SK Telecom and test and measurement company Keysight Technologies have signed an agreement to collaborate on 5G network design and testing.
The collaboration will cover the development of 5G device performance validation technology, test cases and processes for ensuring that new 5G products work on an operator's network as intended.
Under the agreement, the two companies also plan to collaborate to address the challenges introduced by 5G enabling technologies such as massive MIMO, beamforming and millimeter wave spectrum, such as higher radio propagation losses.
Keysight has developed what it is calling the industry's first 5G end-to-end design and test platform. The company will provide its suite of network and channel emulation solutions for the collaboration.
“SK Telecom is targeting seamless 5G communications quality by leveraging wider bandwidths in mmWave spectrum,” SK Telecom head of network technology R&D Jongkwan Park said.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Keysight, the company with 5G expertise and solutions in this field, to help support our ambitious 5G deployment goals.”
SK Telecom is South Korea's largest mobile operator, with the operator's 30.2 million mobile subscribers representing around 50% of the total market. The company earned total revenue of 17.52 trillion won ($15.48 billion) in 2017.