SK Telecom to Spearhead Innovation in an IoT Era
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SK Telecom to Spearhead Innovation in an IoT Era
President Ha, in his speech to commemorate SK Telecom’s 30th anniversary, talks about the advancement of its telecom network to 5G

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SK Telecom President Ha Sung-min speaks at a ceremony to mark the 30th 

anniversary of its foundation at the SK Telecom headquarters in Uljiro, 

downtown Seoul, on March 27.  (photo: courtesy of SK Telecom)

SK Telecom President Ha Sung-min said his company will maintain leadership in a smart era by firming up telecommunications network technology and innovating services and promoting shared growth. 

Ha made the remarks at a speech at a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of its foundation at the SK Telecom headquarters in Uljiro, downtown Seoul, on March 27. “SK Telecom’s growth and Korea’s rise to an ICT powerhouse is owed to support and cooperation from customers and business partners. We’ll make preparations for the coming 30 years with a challenging spirit and innovation,” he said.

The company said it will devote itself to firming up ICT technologies, such as telecommunications networks and software, to take the lead in a future smart society and to be connected with the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular, the company plans to do its utmost in ramping up the quality of its telecommunications network and advancing to the 5G era. 

The nation’s largest telecom provider plans to offer new convergence services such as the “T Phone,” combining a mobile phone, position information, and Big Data.

The company also announced plans to ramp up open collaboration regimes with SMEs, start-ups, and individual developers and to expand shared growth programs, including the Bravo Restart Program designed to extend a helping hand to middle aged and elderly people who want to launch start-up businesses. 

SK Telecom, established on March 29, 1984, ventured into the car phone service business that same year and launched a mobile phone service business in 1988. The company made inroads into the Korean mobile telecommunications service business by acquiring a majority share in the now-defunct Korean Mobile Comm-unication, the predecessor of SK Telecom.

SK Telecom is synonymous with the history of the Korean mobile telecommunications service industry, and the company will likely play a leading role in ushering in an IoT era, an SK Telecom official said. 

SK Telecom Wins Two Prestigious Awards at GSMA Global Mobile Awards 

SK Telecom received the “Outstanding LTE Contribution” and “Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology -- The CTO’s Choice” awards at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014, the industry’s biggest and the most prestigious award.

This year, SK Telecom was recognized for its technology leadership gained through continued developments of advanced network technologies, including LTE-Advanced, and its contribution toward setting the global standards for LTE and LTE-Advanced services.

“Outstanding LTE Contribution” recognizes the company that developed the most innovative and groundbreaking LTE technologies over the past year. This year’s recognition is meaningful in that SK Telecom received this award for two years in a row. The company received the award last year for its 4G LTE with PETA Solution.

Moreover, SK Telecom was also chosen as the winner of the “Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology - The CTO’s Choice” award. The award, chosen by a distinguished panel of judges consisting of Chief Technology Officers of 16 mobile operators around the globe, is presented to the overall winner from six categories (‘Best Mobile Infrastructure’, ‘Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough’, ‘Best Cloud Based technology for Mobile’, ‘Best Mobile Identity, Safeguard & Security Products/Solutions’, ‘Best Solution for Growing Smaller or Independent Networks’, ‘Outstanding LTE contribution’) under the category of Best Mobile Technology.  

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