AT&T and KT to work together on 5G, NFV & SDN; Consortium of 5G Carriers Forming?

Executive Summary:

According to Business Korea, AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan met with Lee Dong-myeon, director of the KT  (Korea Telecom) Technology Convergence Center to discuss plans for the well respected telcos to share AT&T’s NFV and SDN work and KT’s efforts around 5G.  AT&T is expected to cooperate with KT in many new technologies, especially their own version of SDN/NFV and 5G.  KT is leading the 5G technology development (along with SK Telecom) and is prepared to share that with AT&T.

“We expect that cooperation through AT&T’s SDN/NFV leadership and KT’s 5G leadership will create synergies to solve challenges of the telecom industry in the future,” said Mr. Lee.

Lee Dong-myeon (left), director of the KT Technology Convergence Center and John Donovan, CSO of AT&T.

Lee Dong-myeon director of the KT Technology Convergence Center and John Donovan, AT&T Chief Strategy Officer.                                                                         Photo courtesy of Business Korea

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KT and AT&T Working with Other Companies on 5G Development & Deployment:

2 thoughts on “AT&T and KT to work together on 5G, NFV & SDN; Consortium of 5G Carriers Forming?

  1. AT&T announced that it plans to roll out fixed and wireless 5G service commercially by late 2018, with the 3GPP Phase 2 mobility spec (NOT a STANDARD!!!!!) being launched in late 2019. The move will put the launch a year earlier than previously expected, and AT&T plans to begin testing the 5G service in Austin, Texas, in the next few weeks.
    Background: The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a collective of seven global telecommunications standards organizations. This collaboration has worked to create and organize the standards for a number of mobile communication systems including 2G, 3G, HSPA and LTE. They are now engaged in research and development for 5G standardization.

    3GPP plans to submit their final “5G” specifications at the ITU-R WP5D meeting in February 2020, based on functionally frozen specs available in December 2019. The early submission is expected to allow enough time for the transposition of the specifications by the organizational partners of 3GPP prior to their own submissions into the IMT 2020 process before October 2020.

    References:
    http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/atandt-expects-5g-in-late-2018-or-early-19/d/d-id/733953
    http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/at-t-5g-likely-to-scale-commercially-by-late-2019

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