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