SK Telecom plans to launch the world’s first 5G SA service in the first half of the year

SK Telecom announced on Monday that it had successfully completed the world’s first independent (SA) 5G data session on its multi-vendor commercial 5G network. With this major breakthrough in 5G, SK Telecom is now fully prepared to offer standalone 5G services. SK Telecom said it planned to launch the world’s first 5G SA service in the first half of this year.

SK Telecom plans to launch the world's first 5G SA service in the first half of the year

The stand-alone 5G data call took place on January 16, 2020 in Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city, using a commercial 5G network deployed by SK Telecom in the region.

To achieve this independent 5G milestone, the company applied independent new radio (NR) software to its existing non-independent (NSA) 5G base stations and completed multi-vendor interoperability between Ericsson and Samsung network equipment.

SK Telecom also applies key 5G technologies such as network slicing and mobile edge computing (MEC) to its stand-alone 5G network.