SK Telecom is extending the company's collaboration with Intel on the development and performance verification of 5G technologies. Signing the partnership at the recent MWC Shanghai 2015, both companies said that they will be jointly developing 5G chipset and device prototypes as well as Anchor-Booster Cell and Massive MIMO technology.
The Anchor-Booster Cell is one of the core 5G technologies that enables seamless transmission of massive amounts of data via a combination of an LTE network and next-generation wireless LAN called WiGig (Wireless Gigabit Alliance), a IEEE 802.11ad WiFi standard that enables multi-gigabit speed wireless communications over the unlicensed 60 GHz frequency band.
According to SK, the WiGig specification not only allows devices to communicate at multi-gigabit speeds, but also consumes much less power to prolong battery life. WiGig is expected to support about 10 times faster speeds than Wi-Fi, allowing users to download a full HD movie (4-10GB) in just one to two seconds.
In addition, both companies will use Mobile Edge Computing technology on the Anchor-Booster cell to further enhance the 5G technology by improving quality of experience and develop and verify the ‘Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output)', a multiple antenna technology that dramatically increases base station capacity for both transmission and reception of data.