. https://www.zdnet.com/article/sk-telecom-launches-5g-edge-computing-open-platform/
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South Korean mobile carrier SK Telecom has launched its 5G Mobile Edge Computing Open Platform, which it will open up to third-party developers and enterprise customers.SK Telecom will also provide open APIs on its MEC platform so that companies can develop their own edge computing 5G services."Enterprise customers can improve customers' quality of experience by connecting their service server or data centre to SK Telecom's MEC platform," SK Telecom said."For instance, through the application of MEC, a smart factory can enhance the response time of robots that run on 5G network. 5G edge computing reduces latency by around 60 percent due to small-scale data centres being installed at base stations or routers, according to SK Telecom.SK Telecom said it is already in talks with Pokemon Go developer Niantic on using 5G MEC, as well as with cloud gaming companies, virtual reality services companies, and cloud providers. Rival carrier KT last week similarly completed its construction of MEC centres in eight major South Korean cities, also applying its 5G core equipment in the control and user plane (CUPS) architecture, and in the network virtualisation technology of the MEC centres.KT is planning to use its MEC centres to deploy smart factory, autonomous vehicle, and AR/VR services.Last week, however, South Korea's plan to deploy 5G by March 2019 was revealed to be facing delays, due to industry players not being ready.This included government and telcos failing to agree on 5G pricing plans, as well as 5G smartphones not being ready from Samsung and LG. CORINNE REICHERT READ MORE