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News on Korean regulations: The 4th Frequency Deliberation Committee (1) - DTV channel rearrangement, frequency allocation for TVWS and the emerging ICT industry

08/29/2016 | By Netmanias

The South Korean government deliberated on DTV channel rearrangement, frequency allocation for TVWS and the emerging ICT industry at the 4th Frequency Deliberation Committee held on the 24th.

Sprint and Samsung take Three-Channel Carrier Aggregation into the Field with Live Demonstration in Chicago

08/29/2016 | By NETMANIAS

Today at Soldier Field in Chicago, Sprint (NYSE:S) and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. provided a look at what's next for the Sprint LTE Plus Network with the first live U.S. demonstration of three-channel carrier aggregation on Sprint's network. The demonstration reached peak download speeds of more than 230 Mbps running on Samsung's latest network infrastructure technology and hottest new devices including the Samsung Galaxy Note7, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 edge.

SK Telecom teamed up with Intel to develop WebRTC-enabled IoT devices for real-time communication

08/25/2016 | By Netmanias

SK Telecom announced last week (on the 17th) that it had executed an MOU with Intel to co-develop IoT devices featuring a real-time communication solution at the Intel Developer Forum held in San Francisco, California.

SK Telecom unveiled ‘NV Array’, a 5G storage medium co-developed with Facebook

08/23/2016 | By Yongjoo Kim

SK Telecom announced on the 15th that it unveiled NV array, a next-generation storage medium for 5G mobile communication that it co-developed with Facebook, at Flash Memory Summit 2016 (FMS 2016), the world's largest event focused on flash memory solutions.

SK Telecom Signs MOU with SOCAR to Cooperate in Connected Car Business

08/22/2016 | By Netmanias

SK Telecom today announced that it signed a MoU with SOCAR, the largest car-sharing company in Korea, to cooperate in the connected car business.

KT’s wireless ‘olleh tv air’ lets you watch IPTV anywhere at home

08/19/2016 | By Netmanias

At a launching event for ‘olleh tv air’ held at KT Square in Seoul on the 18th, KT presented the nation’s first innovative solution that lets users enjoy wireless IPTV service with UHD quality anywhere at home.

SK Telecom Signs MOU with Verizon for Technical Collaboration in the Field of 5G

08/17/2016 | By Netmanias

SK Telecom today announced that it has entered into a MOU with Verizon, the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States, to drive standardization and to conduct joint studies in the field of 5G.

South Korea to invest $1.46 billion (KRW 1.6 trillion) in nine government-led R&D projects, including AI, VR/AR, self-driving vehicle

08/15/2016 | By Netmanias

At the 2nd ‘Scientific Technology Strategy Meeting’ held at the Blue House, the South Korean government selected nine government-led R&D projects: five projects for discovering new growth engine, and four projects for better quality of life.

SK Telecom to host a LoRa Alliance meeting in October, driving global standardization

08/13/2016 | By Netmanias

SK Telecom announced it is hosting a global meeting of the LoRa Alliance, an open, non-profit association for promotion of the IoT standard, in Seoul in October, to position itself as a leader in the initiative for making an roaming system for LoRa network, etc. as global standards.

Coverage Map for wired/wireless service now available in South Korea as well

08/11/2016 | By Netmanias

Coverage Map for wired/wireless service now available in South Korea as well - It is the first released in South Korea

South Korean government to support development of VR content through five consortiums

08/06/2016 | By Netmanias

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of South Korea (MSIP) announced on August 3rd that it selected five consortiums to boost the development of Virtual Reality (VR) content in the nation. A total of KRW 8 billion will be invested. VR content will be developed in two areas: Tourism and entertainment.

Mobile connections in South Korea reached 60 million – driven by IoT

08/04/2016 | By NETMANIAS

IoT connections have been on the rise – starting from 3.0 million in 2013, to 3.5 million in 2014 (up by 14.2%), and then up by 23.4% in 2015, showing a fast increase in growth rate.

SK Telecom and Nokia Complete Development of Mission Critical LTE system for First Responders

08/02/2016 | By Netmanias

SK Telecom and Nokia today announced that they have successfully developed a mission-critical LTE System for first responders, a portable all-in-one Public Safety-LTE (PS-LTE) network system.

Korea Mobile Market - ARPU / Revenue Stagnation

08/02/2016 | By NETMANIAS

Korean big 3 mobile operators (SK Telecom, KT and LG U+) have been presenting innovative LTE services (LTE-A, LTE CA, etc.), all world’s first, every year since its LTE service launch in 2011.

[Interview with Head of Network R&D Center at SK Telecom] SK Telecom to establish consortiums with global and domestic vendors to lead 5G era

08/02/2016 | By Minji Choi

SK Telecom plans to prioritize efforts on implementation of Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) from the second half of the year with the aim of taking the lead in 5G era.

SK Telecom Announces 2016 2Q Earnings Results

07/30/2016 | By NETMANIS

SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today announced its earnings on a K-IFRS consolidated basis for the second quarter of 2016: revenue of KRW 4.267 trillion, operating income of KRW 407.4 billion and net income of KRW 291billion.

SK Telecom to team up with Israel-based Inuitive for development of 3D AR/VR solution

07/29/2016 | By Netmanias

SK Telecom signed an MoU with Inuitive, a Israel-based sensor and image processor developer (CEO Shlomo Gadot) on June 27th to develop 3D realistic Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) solutions.

'Ground-wave UHD Broadcasting Committee' launched

07/26/2016 | By NETMANIAS

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and the Ministry of Science, ICP and Future Planning (MSIP) formed a committee named ‘Ground-wave UHD Broadcasting Committee’ consisting of relevant parties. The committee discussed key agendas for launching ground-wave UHD service in February 2017.

SK Telecom's M&A with CJ HelloVision: Deal or no deal? No deal!

07/25/2016 | By Ho-cheon Ahn, Seon-il Yoo

An attempted M&A deal between SK Telecom and CJ HelloVision fell apart. The deal has been reviewed for over seven months - first by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) and then finally by the MSIP, the final decision maker, which disapproved the combination of businesses. The FTC announced that in order to eliminate the risk of restricting competition, it decided to disapprove the proposed M&A deals.

KT to present IEEE 802.11.ac Wave2-based 'GiGA WiFi 2.0' capable of up to 1.73 Gbps

07/25/2016 | By NETMANIAS

KT is launching ‘GiGA WiFi 2.0’ on the 22nd, supporting up to 1.73 Gbps - twice faster than the current GiGA WiFi serving public areas. The new ‘GiGA WiFi 2.0’ is based on the next generation standards, IEEE 802.11ac Wave2 (Phase 2), and is known to support up to 1.73 Gbps for now, but up to 3.4 Gbps when upgraded.

   
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