Posted : 2015-06-16 16:36
Updated : 2015-06-16 18:15

SKT, Ericsson team up for 'small IoT'

SK Telecom Executive Vice President Park Jin-hyo, right, shakes hands with Per Navinger, head of the product area of LTE at Ericsson, after signing an agreement to cooperate in the Internet of small things area, at the headquarters of Ericsson in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday. / Courtesy of SK Telecom

By Bahk Eun-ji

SK Telecom said Tuesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ericsson to cooperate in the development of technology for the "Internet of Small Things (small IoT)."

SKT and the Swedish communication technology and service provider has agreed to develop "machine type communication" (MTC), or machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, which allows both wireless and wired systems to communicate with various other devices.

The current long-term evolution (LTE) network is optimized for high-powered smartphone devices, which require capability to transmit huge data at an ultrafast speed.

Under the Internet of Small Things agreement, they will develop technology that supports kilobytes of low-speed devices that will be connected at the same time in the coming IoT era.

SKT and Ericsson will co-work to develop the MTC technologies, which allow small things that require low data to communicate in the current LTE network environment, the spokesman added.

The two companies will also work together to reduce the cost of small IoT devices by eliminating unnecessary functions such as multiple antenna and broadband frequency signals.

Existing small IoT requires an exclusive network, but the MCT can use current LTE networks and the related technology to provide stable services.

"We've agreed to establish a stronger IoT eco-system globally," said Park Jin-hyo, senior vice president and head of network technology R&D center at SK Telecom.

SKT said it will collaborate with Ericsson to wrap up the MTC standardization at the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the unity of telecommunications standard development organizations, in order to make rapid development and commercialization of the small IoT technology.

"The network for low-cost and low-powered devices will create new business opportunities, and at the same time, it will improve people's lifestyle," said Per Navinger, head of product area of LTE at Ericsson in the statement.

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