SK Telecom announced on October 1 that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Intel Korea to develop virtualized RAN (vRAN), a next-generation base station based on virtualization.
Both companies agreed to construct a testbed for vRAN, conduct performance analysis, and develop technology for network virtualization. They also made an agreement for joint research on next-generation base station solutions to effectively address congested traffic in a building environment. On top of that, they agreed to conduct additional joint research on the evolution of next-generation wireless networks such as cloud base stations and intelligent base stations.
SK Telecom is focusing on vRAN technology to innovate the structure of the next-generation base station. The technology loads various functions of a network in the form of virtualized software on universal hardware such as computer CPUs.
Previously, it took a very long time to develop technology or change functions. It is attributable to the manufacture of unstandardized hardware, and the subsequent development of software, when developing equipment for base stations. But vRAN enables the installation and deletion of base station software, which provides a variety of communication functions and intelligent services more easily.