SKT deploys 5G-PON technology

21 Nov 2017

SK Telecom announced the successful deployment of a self-developed 5G-PON (Passive Optical Network) technology to support its evolution to 5G.

The operator said it has deployed a 5G-PON solution capable of delivering multiple communications services using a single network.

In addition, the solution requires smaller devices and equipment than existing distribution equipment, operates without an additional power supply and can be constructed in a protected ring architecture to ensure service continuity even if a line is disconnected.

SK Telecom has announced plans to initially roll out 5G-PON in 85 areas nationwide including Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju. The solution will facilitate the process of delivering a broader coverage for the operator's planned 5G rollout.

The 5G-PON solution was developed in collaboration with local vendors including Solid, HFR, SunwaveTec and Coweaver. SK Telecom plans to propose the technology as a component of the ITU-T's 5G standards.

“With 5G-PON built on our own specifications, we secured opportunities to improve the quality of service and lay the foundation for a successful rollout of 5G,” SK Telecom head of infrastructure strategy Choi Seung-won said.

“We will continue to develop our capabilities for advanced network technology and operation necessary for 5G rollout.”

SK Telecom 5G-PON Infographic

Source: SK Telecom

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