Mobile World Live — South Korea’s KT will invest KRW150 billion ($130 million) on building a network for the so called “Internet of Small Things (IoST)”. Korea Times claims the company will launch the “world’s first” nationwide LTE-M network dedicated to IoST, which will allow “massive connectivity between sensors collecting low volume data, with minimum electricity consumption”.
Telecom Asia — Four major cellcos – KT, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom and Verizon – revealed plans to form a global initiative to develop 5G trial specifications that would serve as a common platform for various 5G trial activities around the world. The 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance – announced during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on Monday – will be focused on technical fundamentals of 5G radio interface trial activities, with the goal of “promoting a more inclusive, open, and collaborative approach to developing 5G trial networks”.
Telecom Asia — South Korea’s KT and Nokia have conducted the first field trial of LTE-M, a standard for using LTE networks to connect IoT devices. The trial was conducted using only 1.4MHz of a full 20MHz LTE system, using the remainder free for normal LTE network.
Satellite Today — South Korean satellite operator KT Sat, owned byKorea Telecom, has not given up ambitions to become a global presence in the satellite industry. The operator currently fields three satellites — Koreasat 5 at 113 degrees east, Koreasat 6 at 116 degrees east, and Koreasat 8 at 75 degrees east — and has two more under construction. The year 2016 marks the beginning of a notable expansion for the company as new satellites bring KT Sat to previously untapped markets.
Telecom Asia — Korea Telecom (KT) chose Altair Semiconductor’s FourGee-1160 Category 1 (CAT-1) chipset to provide ultra-low power LTE connectivity for three Internet of Things (IoT) use cases on a recent exhibit at the “KT Internet of Small Things” event in South Korea. Byungkyun Kim, VP of device business unit at KT, said Altair has the only CAT-1 chipset platform that is able to meet KT’s aggressive power and feature needs.
Metering — South Korean telecoms operator KT announced that its chairman Hwang Chang-kyu met the CEOs of China’s state-owned telecommunication company China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s operator, to discuss ways in which the three operators could promote their cooperation in the 5G sector, reports The Korea Herald. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) meeting took place in Shizuoka, Japan, and was attended by CEOs and executives of the telecoms companies.
ZDNet — Global chipmaker Qualcomm and South Korean telco KT announced on Friday a joint business project to develop a “LTE based Internet of Things (IoT) security gateway solution” for new ATMs. Their IoT gateway solution will combine KT’s expertise in IoT security with the design know-how underpinning Qualcomm’s LTE microchips.
Korea Times — KT has partnered with Qualcomm to develop a telecommunications device that offers more secure banking within the Internet of Things (IoT). The company said the wireless IoT Gateway reduces maintenance costs of automated teller machines (ATM) by half compared with the traditional wired network system.
Seoul — The purpose of the NCP Project is to form a submarine cable network with a data processing capacity of about 80 Tbps and a total length of approximately 14,000 km across the Pacific Ocean. The total capacity under KT’s control is scheduled to be increased to 118.4 Tbps, including 38.4 Tbps on the side of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable connecting Southeast Asia to Northeast Asia.
KT said Thursday that it has been named the key operator of the world’s largest submarine network cable, New Cross Pacific (NCP). The nation’s dominant fixed-line operator said it will run a network center to control the submarine cable which helps connect network systems in Asia-Pacific countries to the North American region. The company said it will start operation of the 14,000-kilometer-long NCP cable in December 2017.
Telecom Asia — KT and Nokia Networks have launched the first IoT lab in South Korea after entering a collaboration earlier this year. The laboratory will conduct interworking and verification testing of emerging IoT technologies over Nokia Networks’ LTE infrastructure. It will provide IoT-related technical support and knowledge to small and medium-sized Korean companies seeking to enter global markets.
Korea Times — KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu met with leaders of the global telecom industry and sought cooperation over the next-generation network and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2015. Hwang attended the board meeting of the Global System for Mobile Telecommunication Association (GSMA) in the host city, Tuesday, and stressed the importance of collaboration between telecom operators and network equipment makers.
Business Korea — The MWC Shanghai, which is emerging as Asia’s largest mobile exhibition, started at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) on July 15. A total of 116 ICT companies and 97 mobile carriers around the world will attend the event, titled “Mobile Unlimited.” In particular, South Korea, China, and Japan are expected to compete to take the initiative this year in next-generation techs like IoT and 5G.
KT and the Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (G-CCEI) are supporting Korean start-ups to tap into global markets through KT’s global business networks. Following CommunicAsia 2015, the largest information and communications technology (ICT) exhibition and conference in the Asia-Pacific region being held in Singapore on June 2, KT and the G-CCEI announced on June 12 that it would support three domestic start-ups to participate in Orange Fabs’ International Demo Day held in Paris, France.
KT said Sunday that it has launched a business portal based on its cloud computing system, a move aimed at helping its local business partners save costs and improve efficiency. The “Ucloud Biz Partner Portal” is a platform with its partners for managing systems and checking administrative processes, said company spokeswoman Park Mi-seon. “This system is intended to improve management efficiency. KT will introduce other supportive programs as part of its efforts for balanced growth with partners,” Park said.
The government’s drive to introduce a fourth telecom company here faces challenges amid lukewarm responses from large conglomerates and objections from budget mobile service operators. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has pushed ahead with the establishment of the fourth mobile carrier, following SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus, to accelerate competition in the market and to reduce household telecom expenses in the long run.
The government said Thursday that it will award a license to Korea’s fourth telecom company by the end of the year. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said it will provide policy incentives for the introduction of the fourth mobile carrier. The ministry has emphasized the need for an additional telecom operator ― following SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― to bring fairer competition in the market and lessen households’ telecommunications expenses.
KT’s new rate plan is expected to bring a major change to the local telecom industry, from voice calls and texting to data and content services. On Thursday, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier rolled out new mobile payment plans which include unlimited free calls and text messages. Instead, it offered subscribers more options in data packages.
KT is seeking to collaborate with TeliaSonera, the largest telecommunications company in Scandinavia, in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and fifth-generation (5G) technology. TeliaSonera’s top management visited KT’s main office in downtown Seoul and technology centers in Yangjae, southern Seoul. They were briefed on KT’s media services powered by its long-term evolution (LTE) technology.
Alcatel-Lucent agreed with KT to develop next-generation wireless technology focusing on ultra-fast fifth-generation (5G) networks, the Korean unit of the French company said in a statement, Tuesday. Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two will focus on Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) technology. “This agreement will allow KT to meet the massive connectivity demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) delivering a personalized experience as more people, devices and machines are connected,” Alcatel-Lucent said.
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.