SK Tele­com to de­ploy 5G ser­vice in Philip­pines

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Baek Byung-yeul [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

SK Tele­com will co­op­er­ate with a Philip­pine mo­bile car­rier to launch a com­mer­cial fifth-gen­er­a­tion (5G) net­work ser­vice in the Philip­pines, the com­pany said Sun­day.

The telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions arm of SK Group said it signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with the Philip­pines’ NOW Cor­po­ra­tion and its af­fil­i­ate NOW Tele­com Thurs­day to es­tab­lish a 5G net­work and var­i­ous ser­vices us­ing the su­per-fast net­work in Manila.

Based in Manila, Now Cor­po­ra­tion has been pro­vid­ing high-speed in­ter­net, IPTV, soft­ware and busi­ness-to-busi­ness ser­vices in the Philip­pines and its af­fil­i­ate Now Tele­com plans to ex­pand its busi­ness port­fo­lio into the next-gen­er­a­tion mo­bile net­work ser­vice.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of SK Tele­com’s cut­ting-edge 5G tech­nolo­gies, SK will pro­vide 5G-re­lated tech­no­log­i­cal con­sult­ing and sup­ply in-build­ing 5G tech­nolo­gies and 5G-en­abled en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tions to NOW.

“This part­ner­ship with SK Tele­com will help pro­duce a more de­fined busi­ness strat­egy for NOW and its ex­e­cu­tion pro­grams for the next five to 10 years as the coun­try be­gins to em­brace 5G and its var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions,” NOW said.

The two will de­velop a step-bystep plan to ex­e­cute the com­mer­cial 5G ser­vices in the Philip­pines be­fore the end of this year.

In de­tail, SK Tele­com will help pro­duce a more de­fined roadmap for 5G de­ploy­ment, de­sign a net­work in­fra­struc­ture and of­fer an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram about 5G tech­nol­ogy by the first half of 2020.

The mo­bile car­rier will later of­fer con­sult­ing ser­vice to help NOW build an in­fra­struc­ture for 5G stand­alone net­work, which is faster than non-stan­dard method and de­velop busi­ness-to-busi­ness ser­vices us­ing 5G net­work. The con­sult­ing also in­cludes ad­vis­ing NOW on choos­ing net­work equip­ment providers.

The MOU with NOW Cor­po­ra­tion is part of its plan to ex­port 5G tech­nol­ogy to other coun­tries, SK Tele­com said.

“Since we launched the world’s first 5G ser­vice, we have been in talks with over­seas mo­bile car­ri­ers to launch 5G ser­vices in other coun­tries in Europe and South­east Asia,” said Shim Sang-soo, head of the in­fra­struc­ture busi­ness of the mo­bile car­rier.

The com­pany added the part­ner­ship could bring an­other busi­ness op­por­tu­nity to Korean net­work equip­ment mak­ers as well.

“We will also try to help Korea’s small but mighty equip­ment com­pa­nies make in­roads into over­seas mar­kets,” Shim said.

Cour­tesy of SK Tele­com

Shim Sang-soo, cen­ter, head of in­fra­struc­ture busi­ness at SK Tele­com, poses with Thomas Aquino, left, chair­man of NOW Cor­po­ra­tion, and Mel V. Ve­larde, chair­man of NOW Tele­com, after sign­ing an MOU to launch 5G ser­vice in the Philip­pines in Manila, Oct. 24.

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