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SK Telecom commercializes NFV MANO platform

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) has commercialized T-MANO, an NFV MANO (Network Functions Virtualization Management and Orchestration) platform that performs integrated management and orchestration of virtualized network equipment and software, the company said.

T-MANO has been optimized to SK Telecom´s network environment based on the specifications set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG NFV).

Prior to the development of T-MANO, the company had to develop, build and operate a separate NFV management platform for each different network equipment provider due to the fact that their NFV equipment were built on different specifications depending on the manufacturer.

Through T-MANO, SK Telecom can more efficiently utilize its virtualized network equipment by managing service quality and data traffic in an integrated manner regardless of equipment manufacturer, while improving the overall service quality by responding flexibly to service failures/errors.

The company can also significantly reduce the time required to set up new equipment to provide a new service as it can upgrade the whole system at once as opposed to the past where it had to upgrade each and every system separately.

Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of March 2017, the company holds around 50 percent of the Korean market. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services.