NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

Sandvine's Application and Network Intelligence Helps Fuel SK Telecom's 5G Private Enterprise Network Service

Sandvine | January 15, 2022

Sandvine's Application and Network Intelligence
SK Telecom is fueling its pioneering 5G Private Enterprise Network Service using Sandvine's Application and Network Intelligence portfolio on private cloud. The solution is helping SK Telecom accelerate business expansion in verticals such as manufacturing, energy transmission and government. The service is expected to open the door to future network slicing and mobile edge computing (MEC) services.

John Abraham, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason, said: Enterprises represent a massive opportunity for service providers in the 5G era, and network slicing and mobile edge computing will be central for businesses to accelerate the development of new services and capitalize on the promise of ultra-low latency apps and services. To successfully deliver the performance and reliability enterprises demand from 5G private networks, service providers will need in-depth analysis and insight about what's happening across their networks, apps, devices, and customer experiences.

"When talking about 5G innovations like self-driving cars and smart factories, it's important that service providers have deep time-place-occasion application intelligence including analytics, optimization, security, and usage-based plans to meet the needs of enterprise customers. As SK Telecom builds momentum around its cloud-based 5G Standalone Private Enterprise Network Service, Sandvine is excited to contribute to services that provide superior application quality of experience for emerging real-time applications in IoT, AR/VR, and at the mobile edge."

-Lyn Cantor, CEO, Sandvine

About Sandvine
Sandvine's cloud-based Application and Network Intelligence portfolio helps customers deliver high quality, optimized experiences to consumers and enterprises. Customers use our solutions to analyze, optimize, and monetize application experiences using contextual machine learning-based insights and real-time actions. Market-leading classification of more than 95% of traffic across mobile and fixed networks by user, application, device, and location creates uniquely rich, real-time data that significantly enhances interactions between users and applications and drives revenues. For more visit http://www.sandvine.com or follow Sandvine on Twitter @Sandvine.

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Mavenir | June 06, 2022

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NETWORK SECURITY

Edgecore Networks Rolls Out the World’s First Open and Interoperable Hospitality Solution Based on TIP OpenWiFi

Edgecore Networks | June 24, 2022

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T-Mobile | June 03, 2022

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NETWORK SECURITY

EdgeQ Showcases and Samples 5G Small Cell and O-RAN PCIe Accelerator Card

EdgeQ | June 17, 2022

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