SKT inks deals with Taiwan Mobile, Skytel and Nokia Networks

5 Mar 2015

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has announced memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with three companies which are ‘aimed at expanding its presence in the global markets with extensive knowhow and experience in industry-leading mobile network technologies’.

As per an agreement with Taiwan Mobile, the South Korean company has said it will share its know-how on better Long Term Evolution (LTE) network performance and customer experience management (CEM) with the Taiwanese company, with a view to enhancing the latter’s network efficiency and competitiveness. With SKT and Taiwan Mobile having cooperated since 2013 in 3G and LTE network planning and performance optimisation, the two companies will also work together to develop next-generation mobile network technologies and mobile solution business.

Meanwhile, SKT has also entered into an MOU with Mongolia’s Skytel under which it will provide the latter with consulting service in LTE network technologies and network-based solutions developed by SK Telecom to enable real-time management of customer experience. According to the press release announcing the development, the agreement is ‘expected to serve as a chance for Skytel to become a leading LTE service provider in Mongolia, where spectrum allocations for LTE will likely take place within this year’.

Finally, SKT and Finnish vendor Nokia Networks have inked a deal under which they will ‘extend their collaboration in exporting diverse network operational solutions’. On the back of this deal SKT has said it aims to create new opportunities in the overseas markets by providing its network operational knowhow to Nokia’s 600-plus customers spread across 150 nations.

Commenting on the trio of agreements, Lee Jong-bong, executive vice-president and head of SKT’s network division, was cited as saying: ‘Since launching Korea’s first LTE service in 2011, SK Telecom has led the industry by introducing advanced mobile network technologies including Multi-Carrier, LTE-Advanced and tri-band LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation … We will make ceaseless efforts to keep enhancing the quality and stability of our mobile networks to provide the highest level of customer experience, and share it with mobile operators around the world.’