SKT, Ericsson form alliance for LTE-Advanced
By Cho Mu-hyun
BARCELONA ― Telecommunications giant KT said Sunday that it will actively support the global efforts of small and mid-sized enterprises (SME) to promote Korea's information technology competitiveness abroad.
The plan was stated at a media briefing on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that began in Spain, Barcelona, Monday.
"We have promoted fair transactions with partners as well as shared growth," said Kim Young-dae, manager at KT's Synergy Management Office. "As network infrastructure becomes more saturated (locally), we want our partners to find business abroad."
At the world's biggest mobile tradeshow hosted by global mobile operators' association GSMA and over 15,000 participating firms, KT believes that it will give ample chance for SMEs to find buyers for their services, products and solutions.
Firms that have joined up with the telecommunications giant in Spain are FR Tek, AQ Corporation, Teletron, Modacom, Hansol and Enswers.
At the briefing, executives from the SMEs gave a quick overview of their items to be displayed in Hall 3 at Fira Gran Via.
Michael Park, who works at repeater maker FR Tek, will demonstrate its long-term evolution (LTE) portfolio while AQ Cooperation is to show near field communication (NFC) services for digital signage and Teletron will show off solutions that optimize PC features for mobiles.
"Teletron has provided mice, computers and other conveniences so we think we will have no problem in our debut at an international trade show," said Teletron managing director Ko Do-young.
Enswers, KT's content providing subsidiary, said its highlight service at the trade show will be one that transfers television video content to mobiles by swiping.
Modacom will demonstrate its latest routers and Hansol Inticube is to show its patented cellular network over wireless LAN, a solution that automatically passes data to WiFi when networks are too busy.
"Any visitors to our booth will get access to these services that our partners have prepared and we will have their logos shown prominently," said Kim.
"We chose partners that have technological competitiveness and a pragmatic plan to find global clients."
SK Telecom, Korea's largest mobile carrier, said Sunday that it has formed a business alliance with Swedish network equipment maker Ericsson to provide faster LTE services.
They will cooperate in developing small cells to be used to commercialize LTE-Advanced.
They plan to demonstrate LTE-Advanced Super Cell 1.0, a network virtualization technology that unites small cells and large radio stations into one cell.
SK said the technology will be commercialized during the second half of the year.
According to British market research agency Informa, the number of small cells globally was 6.5 million last year. It will increase to 15 million this year and to 91 million by 2016.