SKT, AWS Team for 5G Edge Cloud Service
December 29, 2020
5GX Edge is first 5G edge cloud service in Korea, in collaboration with Amazon
Using AWS Wavelength at the edge of the 5G multi-access edge computing (MEC)
networks, SKT 5GX Edge enables customers to build mobile applications that
require ultra-low latency.
With SKT 5GX Edge, applications are connected to ‘AWS Wavelength Zones,’ which
are located at the edge of SKT’s 5G network, making it unnecessary for
application traffic to hop through regional aggregation sites and the Internet.
This reduces the network latency and thus maximizes the benefits of the 5G
SKT 5GX Edge with AWS Wavelength will enable SKT’s enterprise customers and
developers to build innovative services in areas including machine learning,
Internet of Things (IoT), video games and streaming using the familiar AWS
services, APIs, and tools they already use today.
SKT and AWS began operating the first AWS Wavelength Zone in Korea in Daejeon
and plan to expand the infrastructure to other areas including Seoul in 2021.
SKT has collaborated with AWS since February this year to deploy AWS Wavelength
Zones on SKT’s 5G network and worked with 20 enterprise customers to test the
service for technological perfection.
SKT and AWS have been making efforts to improve operational stability of
autonomous robots and efficiency in remote monitoring and control. Together with
Woowa Brothers, the operator of food delivery app ‘Baedal Minjok,’ the two
companies have completed tests of applying the 5G MEC service to outdoor food
delivery robot Dilly Drive. Meanwhile, work continues with local robotics
company Robotis to test run autonomous robots in the 5G cloud environment.
The two companies have also signed an agreement with Shinsegae I&C and Maxst to
build an Augmented Reality (AR) navigation and guidance system in Coex Starfield,
a large-scale shopping mall in Seoul. They are also working on potential use of
the 5G cloud service with Deep Fine, an AR glass solution developer, and Dabeeo,
a spatial recognition service provider. With the National IT Industry Promotion
Agency (NIPA), SKT has launched an open lab to develop realistic contents
optimized for the 5G network and to promote the growth of the related ecosystem.
Collaboration is also ongoing with Looxid Labs, a provider of real-time analysis
for eye-gaze tracking and brain wave data, to develop services on the 5G MEC for
a senior citizen center in Busan.
As part of efforts to unlock new values of 5G ultra-low latency, SKT and AWS
have worked with diverse companies across various industries. To explore the
possibility of using the 5G cloud service for real-time communication between
autonomous vehicles and their peripheral environments, they worked with
Seadronix, a company that delivers monitoring systems for ship loading, and Gint,
an agricultural tech startup.
SKT and AWS are actively cooperating in the area of non-face-to-face services as
demand grows due to the pandemic. The two companies have been working with video
conferencing solution provider Gooroomee to build an environment where two-way
video conferencing and remote education services are provided without delay, and
have realized a service with a latency of less than 100 milliseconds for
multiple simultaneous sessions.
“With AWS Wavelength on SKT’s 5G network, customers in South Korea can develop
applications that take advantage of ultra-low latencies to address use cases
like machine learning inference at the edge, smart cities and smart factories,
and autonomous vehicles – all while using the same familiar AWS services, API,
and tools to deploy them to 5G networks worldwide,” said Matt Garman, Vice
President of Sales and Marketing, AWS.
“In collaboration with AWS, SK Telecom has successfully integrated private 5G
and edge cloud. By leveraging this new technology, we will lead the efforts to
create and expand innovative business models in game, media services, logistics,
and manufacturing industries,” said Ryu Young-sang, President of MNO at SK