Major South Korean mobile carrier, LG Uplus, announced a partnership with Google Cloud to jointly develop 5G mobile edge computing (MEC) technology.
Google Cloud will provide artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions to develop services utilising MEC on LG Uplus’ 5G network.
“We will develop optimum MEC and utilise it for seamless data transmission so that our 5G B2B and B2C services can be unique,” said LG Uplus CEO Hyun-Hwoi Ha.
MEC technology enables the delivery of ultra-low latency data communication in 5G networks by providing a “shortcut” for data transmission through smaller data centers. The technology is expected to boost upcoming services, including autonomous cars, smart factories and cloud gaming.
LG Uplus had previously demonstrated the technology as part of its self-driving vehicle project by transferring a vehicle’s live video feed to a car behind it.
“Our innovative collaboration with LG Uplus will lead to a variety of ways of 5G and edge computing solution utilisation and business value creation in the global market as well as South Korea,” said Thomas Kurian, the CEO of Google Cloud.
LG Uplus is currently seeking cooperation opportunities with multiple companies, such as cloud service providers and MEC solution providers, both at home and abroad in order to expand its proven MEC techniques from the B2B to B2C market.
The new partnership has come at a time when South Korean telecom operators are rushing to rollout 5G technology.
SK Telecom recently worked with Woowa Brothers, the country’s largest food delivery operator, to develop an autonomous robot delivery using MEC. It has also partnered with Microsoft to launch 5G-based cloud gaming in Korea.
And earlier this year, KT Corp formed an alliance with global telecom operators, including Verizon Wireless, to develop global specifications and standards for 5G MEC interoperability.
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