First intercontinental 5G trial network demonstrated

February 16, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting

SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, and Ericsson have jointly built and demonstrated the first intercontinental 5G trial network. SK Telecom and DT network slices are now available in the other operator's footprint – Korea and Germany are connected.

A proof-of-concept has been implemented and successfully evaluated, featuring the creation and roaming extension of network slices optimized for Augmented Reality (AR) and maintenance services.

The successful demonstration was hosted at Deutsche Telekom's corporate R&D center in Bonn, Germany and SK Telecom's 5G Testbed at Yeongjong-do (BMW driving center), Korea.

In 5G, network slicing will allow the operator to configure an end-to-end network that provides the desired overall functionality and service parameters. Federated network slicing for 5G roaming extends this concept to a visited network. This technology will make it possible for an operator to provide a network service globally, making sure that the customer does not need individual agreements with different operators for a global service experience.

"5G is not just a faster network. 5G will provide extreme user experience anywhere and anytime, even when the user roams across different operators globally", says Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO SK Telecom. "Federated network slicing will enable seamless platform sharing amongst operators at a global scale for continuous and guaranteed user experience."