Korea’s telecom authorities are being increasingly pressurized to allocate the 700-megahertz (MHz) frequency for greater use by local telecom carriers to help them grab the lion’s share in the heated competition for next-generation wireless technologies. Analysts and even government officials have agreed that the 700MHz bandwidth will generate greater economic value when it is used for mobile carriers instead of terrestrial broadcasters, and should be allocated for telecom industry, an expert said.
KT pledged Tuesday to establish a telecom network infrastructure on all of the country’s inhabited islands by 2019. The nation’s largest fixed-line operator said it is cooperating with Incheon Metropolitan City to build an enhanced telecom network on Baengnyeong Island, about 228 kilometers off the coastal city, as a part of its project called “GiGA Island” to provide residents with better security, education and healthcare benefits. The island is the northernmost inhabited island and is within 20 kilometers of North Korea soil.
The head of a local cable TV group blamed the nation’s top three mobile carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― for excessive promotional campaigns to sell paid content with heavy discounts. “The local cable TV industry has been consistent in building a virtuous circulation ecosystem in content for broadcasters. Our industry-wide efforts, however, have been disturbed as telecom firms are pushing to increase the sale of their converged products below market price.
During the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement conference held in Barcelona, mobile communications carriers from China, Japan and South Korea, including China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo and KT, released a joint plan to enhance 5G technical cooperation. Taking the opportunity of Mobile World Congress 2015, the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement conference was initiated by KT.
BARCELONA, Spain ― Korea’s mobile carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus are being urged to cooperate with each other to team up with other overseas carriers in order to enjoy “first-mover” advantage in the race to set up standards for fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. The 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) featured the benefits of 5G over today’s long-term evolution (LTE) tech, the Internet of Things (IoT), Samsung Electronics Galaxy S6, LG’s stylish smartwatch and products for augmented reality.
BARCELONA, Spain ― KT, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier, said Monday that it has teamed up with China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo to jointly develop the fifth-generation or 5G network technology. “KT has agreed with China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo of Japan for co-development of 5G mobile technology. The agreement calls for joint marketing to promote new telecommunications technology,” KT said in a statement on the sidelines of 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition here.
Cisco Korea said Wednesday SK Telecom and other telecom companies should cope with inefficient network business structures through virtualization technology to effectively compete with global players. “Local telecom service providers are ill-positioned. They are relatively inefficient and slow as they have operated separate networks for fixed-line connections, mobile customers, business-to-business and media due to technological limits,” Cisco Korea’s systems engineer and manager Sean Wang said at a press conference Wednesday.
KT Chairman and CEO Hwang Chang-gyu will unveil the company’s strategies on fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) in his keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Hwang believes 5G mobile technology and the IoT will help pick up the slack in the company’s recent weak performance. He will present his corporate vision on March 3, urging industries to join moves to establish standards for the IoT and 5G framework.
KT, the nation’s largest fixed-line operator, said Monday it will provide Internet of Things (IoT) and holography technologies as well as digital culture content for a film theme park in China. It has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hengdian Group, a Chinese manufacturing and entertainment conglomerate, to cooperate to establish digital content infrastructure at the entertainment theme park named “Wanhuayuan” in Jiejang Province, China.
KT, the nation’s No. 2 mobile carrier, reported operating losses for 2014, Friday, for the first time in its corporate history after being hit by increased costs. In a regulatory filing to the Korea Exchange (KRX), KT said its net losses amounted to 965.5 billion won, up from a loss of 60.2 billion won in 2013. Operating losses reached 291 billion with the firm reporting 23.42 trillion won in sales last year, a drop of 1.6 percent year-on-year.
KT has teamed up with Qualcomm of the United States to jointly develop devices and equipment for creating secure gateways to the Internet of Things (IoT). “Under the agreement, Qualcomm will develop customized LTE (long-term evolution) chipsets, and KT will develop equipment and other IoT security integrated systems,” announced KT Thursday. Spokesman Kim Young-wan said that they aim to commercialize IoT security services based on LTE technology by the end of the first half of this year.
KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu pledged to show tangible results in the company’s network businesses in the global market including the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In a meeting with journalists before an event to commemorate moving into a new office building near Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, the chairman said the company will nurture cloud platforms, network systems, and media and energy sectors at home and abroad this year.
SK Telecom accused KT of offering illegal subsidies to steal customers from other mobile carriers, Thursday. “Since Jan. 21, KT has been providing huge rebates to its retail stores to lure more customers in a breach of the Telecom Law. We strongly urge KT to immediately stop this as this hurts fair market competition,” SK said in a statement. It said a local KT outlet provided up to 550,000 won for each customer who wanted to change their mobile carrier.
Samsung Electronics will release an updated Galaxy Note 4 this week with the world’s fastest tri-band LTE-A wireless technology. A tri-band LTE-A wireless network is three times faster than the current LTE-A service, with download speeds of 300Mbps; meaning just 28 seconds will be needed to download a 1 GB movie. The release comes at a time when three domestic mobile carriers are embroiled in a dispute over SK Telecom’s claim that it has succeeded in offering the tri-band LTE-A service.
Huawei’s product and solution CTO Li Sanqi revealed that the company has reached a close cooperation with three major South Korean telecom companies, SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus, for the research and development of fifth-generation network services. During the closing ceremony of Startup Nations Summit 2014 held in Seoul, Li said that Huawei will work together with telecom service suppliers to develop a stable 5G network.
Alcatel-Lucent has collaborated with Korea-based telecommunication service provider KT, to drive innovation and the adoption of a comprehensive Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)-based infrastructure. The collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent forms part of KT’s efforts to evolve its Giga Network, in which NFV will underpin the development of a new architecture to increase efficiency, lower costs and increase cloud products.
LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Korea Telecom (KT) is looking to a range of converged services that make use of its network and platforms to differentiate itself from domestic rivals and drive growth. CTO Dongmyun Lee told delegates that with high bandwidth mobile broadband and unlimited data plans offered by all three operators in South Korea, this is no longer a differentiator, meaning KT is looking at other areas. “This kind of competition is beginning to weaken our cost structure so we are trying to escape from this vicious circle,” Lee said.
LIVE FROM MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2014: Chang-Gyu Hwang, CEO of KT, this morning talked up the potential for operators to benefit from the growth of the internet of things (IoT) market, by evolving networks to support the new range of services and connected devices that are proliferating. “Convergence among industries will be accelerated through innovative technologies. Development of sensors, chips, the expansion of connected devices, the evolution of the mobile broadband network, cloud computing and big data analytics, these are all key drivers that will bring us to a smarter IoT era,” he observed in a keynote presentation.
With help from KT Corp, Korea’s biggest fixed-line operator, Japanese telecom giant SoftBank established an internet data center in Namhae, a city located in the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, in 2012, KT said. SoftBank could not be reached for comment. Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, is also said to be considering building a data center in Korea. This was made known when its Vice President Tom Furlong in-charge of data center operations, met Korean technology officials in December.