SK Telecom (SKT) and Singapore Telecom (Singtel) have agreed to collaborate on the construction of the next generation telecommunications network within the next two years, which is a necessary component of the transition to 6G.

These two Asian telecommunications companies announced on Monday that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the use of artificial intelligence and orchestration tools, while deepening their expertise in network virtualization and other technologies.

“We are passionate about leveraging the countless features provided by this technology, especially in the combination of network slicing and artificial intelligence. Working with SKT, our goal is not only to enhance customer experience, but also to drive industry innovation and prepare us for the evolution towards 6G,” said Tay Yeow Lian, Managing Director of Singapore Telecom Network.

In the same statement, Kang Jong ryeol, head of infrastructure at SKT ICT, stated that the cooperation between SKT and Singapore Telecom is an important first step in shaping the future of the global telecommunications industry.

The two companies will create a white paper outlining their progress in areas such as virtualization, slicing, and network evolution, to help other global operators leverage the capabilities of 5G and prepare for 6G.

Kang pointed out that by combining the advantages of SKT and Singapore Telecom, the two companies aim to achieve efficient and high-performance network construction, enhance network stability, and explore new network-based services.

He added, “We will strive to make significant progress in next-generation communication technologies such as artificial intelligence wired and wireless infrastructure.”

The two partners said that they would develop differentiated and innovative methods to enhance network capabilities, such as edge AI infrastructure, which uses edge computing to reduce the computing load concentrated in the cloud, and combines AI solutions to perform AI reasoning.

It is expected that this measure will not only improve connectivity, but also provide customers with new artificial intelligence services. It should also improve customer experience by enabling operators to restore services faster.