South Korean mobile leader SK Telecom (SKT) has selected Samsung to supply a nationwide network function virtualisation (NFV) platform for its dedicated mobile internet of things (IoT) network.

The operator’s IoT network will be driven by Samsung’s AdaptiV Core and is scheduled to go live in the first half of the year. It said initial applications will target package delivery tracking, CCTV monitoring and citywide sensor monitoring.

Youngky Kim, president and head of networks at Samsung, said NFV is a core technology for next-generation mobile networks and will play a critical role in helping operators deploy, manage and operate networks as well as improve efficiency and scale rapidly.

Samsung completed proof-of-concept trials of virtualised evolved packet core (vEPC ) with SKT in late 2013.

AdaptiV Core has a vEPC that runs on a KVM-based hypervisor on a common server hardware platform and Samsung’s CognitiV cloud manager system. The vEPC handles managing traffic to and from IoT-type devices, leveraging its ability to scale network functions to provide a dynamic balance of capacity, performance, power consumption and resource availability.

CognitiV manages this process, keeping track of available resources and network loads, while also providing SKT with an interface for customising the behaviour of each VNF. It also can determine network status and manage hardware resources as needed, Samsung said.