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News Article | February 23, 2017
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SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today announced that it will participate in the 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress to be held from February 27 to March 2, at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain. The company has set this year's theme as "Connect Everything"...


News Article | March 1, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

- Mobile IPTV service 'oksusu' is selected as the winner in the category of 'Best Mobile Video, TV or Film App' among global media operators - SK Telecom recognized for its leading role in developing innovative media solutions BARCELONA, Spain, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) announced that 'oksusu,' its mobile IPTV service jointly operated with SK Broadband* was recognized by the GSMA as the 'Best Mobile Video, TV or Film App' category at the Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards 2017 at Mobile World Congress 2017. * SK Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of SK Telecom which provides IPTV, broadband internet and telephony services in Korea The 'Best Mobile Video, TV or Film App' category is presented to the very best and most compelling apps in the field of media, film, TV and Video content under the category of Best Mobile Apps. Available to all users including non-SK Telecom subscribers, oksusu boasts a differentiated pool of video content by offering approximately 115 different live TV steaming channels and over 17,000 diverse movies. oksusu also provides exclusive original content in collaboration with broadcasting houses and MCNs (Multi-Channel Networks) and its own 360 VR content to meet customers' varying needs and interests. SK Telecom applied a sophisticated personalization engine to offer a truly optimized experience for each user based on big data and also 'T Live Streaming,' the world's first true real-time mobile streaming technology, which reduced latency to 3 seconds, allowing more users to experience true real-time streaming services. Kim Jong-won, Senior Vice President and Head of Media & Home Business Office at SK Telecom and Mobile Business Office at SK Broadband said, "We are honored to be recognized globally for our innovation in media platform." Kim added, "SK Telecom will continue to pursue technological advancements in media ecosystem to meet users' needs." With GLOMO Awards 2017 as a momentum, SK Telecom will continue to focus on constructing the 'New ICT ecosystem,' which creates new value by combining various technologies and services, going beyond the role of conventional mobile carrier. Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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- SK Telecom envisions to turn Internet of "unsecure" Things into Internet of "secure" Things using ultra-small Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG) BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) today announced that it entered into an agreement with Nokia to cooperate in the quantum cryptography business. Under the agreement, SK Telecom and Nokia will conduct joint research and development activities to achieve interworking between SK Telecom's Quantum Key Distribution System (QKD) and Nokia's next-generation optical transport system by the second half of this year. SK Telecom and Nokia have been working together closely from 2016 for interoperation of SK Telecom's quantum technologies with Nokia's optical transport system. The first prototype of this collaboration, also known as Quantum Transport System, is being demonstrated at Nokia's booth (Hall 3, 3A10) during the 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress. The quantum cryptography communication is known as the most secure form of communication encryption that cannot be broken with any existing hacking technology. Quantum cryptography is expected to replace the existing security solutions in all areas at risk of data hacking, including national defense, finance, autonomous vehicle and the Internet of Things (IoT). Under the agreement, the two companies will also cooperate in the area of Quantum Random Number Generator (QRNG), a technology necessary for applying quantum cryptography technologies to IoT devices. SK Telecom's QRNG is the world's smallest 5x5mm CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) based all-in-one, single silicon (ASIC) providing non-deterministic true random numbers on demand from quantum-shot noise. SK Telecom plans to tape out engineering samples of QRNG chip (ASIC) in the second quarter of 2017 and commercial launch is planned by the year end. SK Telecom envisions using QRNG for Internet of "secure" Things (IoT). "Since opening Quantum Tech Lab in 2011, SK Telecom has been making constant efforts to develop quantum cryptography technologies," said Park Jung-ho, CEO and President of SK Telecom. "Based on the cooperation with Nokia, SK Telecom will create a new paradigm and ecosystem in the field of ICT." "With SK Telecom's quantum cryptography technologies, we have secured the basis for building the most secure network security solution," said Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia. "We will respond proactively to rapidly growing demands of the cyber security market with these technologies and solutions." Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

- To operate T.um Mobile during Mobile World Congress 2017 at Fira Montjuic, Barcelona - Expects to bring Spanish children closer to the latest ICT through well-designed exhibition and education programs SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) today announced that it will bring T.um Mobile, a travelling ICT museum, to Barcelona to provide Spanish children with the chance to experience cutting-edge technologies. T.um Mobile will be opened as part of the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) Barcelona at Fira Montjuic, from February 27 to March 2, 2017. The GSMA and Mobile World Capital Barcelona launched YoMo as part of Mobile World Congress to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math (STEAM) disciplines. T.um Mobile is the world's first portable ICT museum, which SK Telecom has been operating in Korea since 2014 with the aim to bridge digital divide by providing children in rural and remote areas with the opportunity to experience and learn cutting-edge ICT. To date, T.um Mobile has travelled to 23 different locations throughout the nation, affecting more than 150,000 children. To tailor T.um mobile to the needs and interests of the local Spanish children, SK Telecom has been working with the Government of Catalonia, the GSMA, Telefónica, Spain's leading mobile operator, and Ro-botica, a Spanish company which provides robotics solutions and hardware.  For example, considering Spanish children's high interest in soccer, SK Telecom and Telefónica have jointly prepared a special coding education program, where children can learn coding through a soccer game played by SK Telecom's smart robot 'Albert'. Besides the coding education program, T.um Mobile will offer two other smart robot-based coding classes at different levels of difficulty. Through these coding education programs, children will not only be able to learn coding but can also hone their mathematics skills while interacting with Albert. Moreover, T.um Mobile will feature three different ICT experience zones designed to enable children to easily understand technologies that will become mainstream in the upcoming era of 5G such as virtual reality, augmented reality and holograms. As a portable museum, T.um Mobile can be conveniently set up, taken down and moved, while boasting a creative design and safe structure. T.um Mobile in Barcelona will have an air-supported structure in the shape of a pyramid* (height: 9 meters base: 20 X 20 meters). *please see the attached files "SK Telecom is taking T.um Mobile to Barcelona to provide children with the chance to experience the world of ICT so that they can develop new interest in science and technology," said Yoon Yong-chul, Executive Vice President and Head of Public Relations Office of SK Telecom. "As a responsible corporate citizen, SK Telecom will continue to work closely with diverse partners across the globe to narrow the digital divide caused by poverty and geographical difference." "We are very excited to have SK Telecom bring the T.um Mobile experience to YoMo," said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. "This will, along with many other exhibits and activities, bring classroom learning to life for thousands of school children at YoMo, and will help inspire them to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math (STEAM) disciplines." Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com.


- Demonstrates five-band CA as well as tri-band CA applied with 4×4 MIMO with Samsung Electronics ; Demonstrates LAA technology that supports peak data speeds of 1Gbps with Ericsson at MWC 2017 BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) today announced that successfully tested LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) five-band carrier aggregation (CA)* on its commercial network *SK Telecom's bandwidth resources as of February 2017: 10MHz bandwidth in the 800MHz band, 20MHz bandwidth in the 1.8GHz band, 10MHz bandwidth in the 2.1GHz band, 10MHz + 20 MHz bandwidths in the 2.6Ghz band Since June 1, 2016, SK Telecom has been providing 500Mbps LTE-A Pro service by applying 256 QAM technology to its tri-band LTE-A CA network. Also, the company has acquired additional spectrum in the 2.6GHz band in May 2017, securing the basis for LTE-A five-band CA. In addition, SK Telecom has successfully demonstrated the application of MIMO to its tri-band CA network, thereby securing the capability to provide 900Mbps data speeds. With the application of 4X4 MIMO - a technology that doubles the transmission speed - to a 20MHz bandwidth of a frequency band, users will be able to download data at maximum rate of 400Mbps per frequency band. SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics are demonstrating this LTE-A Pro technology at Samsung booth during the MWC period, and plan to commercialize it within the first half of 2017. "Through the demonstration of LTE-A Pro with SK Telecom, we have proven that it is not long before we realize the commercialization of 1Gbps mobile communication, a dream speed in LTE," said Park Dong-soo, Executive Vice President of the Network Business at Samsung Electronics. "We will lead the advancement of mobile technologies toward the very last stage of LTE evolution and secure a bridgehead into the 5G era." Meanwhile, SK Telecom also announced that it, together with Ericsson, successfully demonstrated Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), the technology that uses unlicensed spectrum together with licensed spectrum for 4G LTE radio communication. By aggregating 80MHz in licensed and unlicensed spectrum and applying 4X4 MIMO technology, peak data rates of 1Gbps is achievable. The two companies are demonstrating the technology at Ericsson booth during MWC 2017. Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Network Systems at Ericsson said, "With LAA, subscribers will be able to enjoy an even better LTE experience as unlicensed spectrum is used to boost data speeds. The LTE and Wi-Fi users will coexist in a fair way in the unlicensed bands and end users will benefit in indoor as well as outdoor environments." "With continued advancement of UHD video and virtual reality technology, there is growing a need for faster mobile telecommunications services," said Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center of SK Telecom. "SK Telecom will pursue ceaseless innovations in not only 5G, but also in LTE-A Pro so as to provide our customers with the world's best mobile experience." Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com.


- Demonstrates five-band CA as well as tri-band CA applied with 4×4 MIMO with Samsung Electronics ; Demonstrates LAA technology that supports peak data speeds of 1Gbps with Ericsson at MWC 2017 BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today announced that successfully tested LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) five-band carrier aggregation (CA)* on its commercial network. *SK Telecom's bandwidth resources as of February 2017: 10MHz bandwidth in the 800MHz band, 20MHz bandwidth in the 1.8GHz band, 10MHz bandwidth in the 2.1GHz band, 10MHz + 20 MHz bandwidths in the 2.6Ghz band Since June 1, 2016, SK Telecom has been providing 500Mbps LTE-A Pro service by applying 256 QAM technology to its tri-band LTE-A CA network. Also, the company has acquired additional spectrum in the 2.6GHz band in May 2017, securing the basis for LTE-A five-band CA. In addition, SK Telecom has successfully demonstrated the application of MIMO to its tri-band CA network, thereby securing the capability to provide 900Mbps data speeds. With the application of 4X4 MIMO - a technology that doubles the transmission speed - to a 20MHz bandwidth of a frequency band, users will be able to download data at maximum rate of 400Mbps per frequency band. SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics are demonstrating this LTE-A Pro technology at Samsung booth during the MWC period, and plan to commercialize it within the first half of 2017. "Through the demonstration of LTE-A Pro with SK Telecom, we have proven that it is not long before we realize the commercialization of 1Gbps mobile communication, a dream speed in LTE," said Park Dong-soo, Executive Vice President of the Network Business at Samsung Electronics. "We will lead the advancement of mobile technologies toward the very last stage of LTE evolution and secure a bridgehead into the 5G era." Meanwhile, SK Telecom also announced that it, together with Ericsson, successfully demonstrated Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), the technology that uses unlicensed spectrum together with licensed spectrum for 4G LTE radio communication. By aggregating 80MHz in licensed and unlicensed spectrum and applying 4X4 MIMO technology, peak data rates of 1Gbps is achievable. The two companies are demonstrating the technology at Ericsson booth during MWC 2017. Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Network Systems at Ericsson said, "With LAA, subscribers will be able to enjoy an even better LTE experience as unlicensed spectrum is used to boost data speeds. The LTE and Wi-Fi users will coexist in a fair way in the unlicensed bands and end users will benefit in indoor as well as outdoor environments." "With continued advancement of UHD video and virtual reality technology, there is growing a need for faster mobile telecommunications services," said Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center of SK Telecom. "SK Telecom will pursue ceaseless innovations in not only 5G, but also in LTE-A Pro so as to provide our customers with the world's best mobile experience." Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com.


News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

- Showcases an innovative end-to-end live streaming platform for 360 VR to provide customers with a truly immersive experience - 360 VR content produced by the platform boasts better image quality and dramatically reduced latency - With the application of 3D audio, the platform provides different sound volumes based on the movement of user's head - The company plans to open the platform's API to build a new media ecosystem SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today announced that it will unveil its 360-degree live broadcast platform named '360 Adaptive VR Live Streaming Platform (hereinafter referred to as "360 VR Live")' at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from February 27 to March 2. 360 VR Live is an innovative end-to-end broadcast system that enables users to produce and livestream ultra-high-definition (UHD) 360-degree virtual reality (VR) video with low latency using a 360-degree camera. The platform produces UHD VR content through its differentiated stitching technology. When it comes to creating 360-degree visuals, it is important to seamlessly stitch multiple videos or images taken by the 360 camera. Based on multi-band blending algorithm, the platform stitches images in multi layers to produce a seamless 360 VR content without any distortion. In terms of frame rate, it supports 60 frames per second (FPS), which is translated into two times higher image quality than that of its competitors. Moreover, 360 Live VR has significantly reduced the bandwidth required for transmitting 360 video data. Generally, live streaming of 360 VR video requires up to six times greater bandwidth than traditional broadcasting. However with the platform, the size of the 360 VR video file is reduced by 35 percent, while not compromising the image quality thanks to dynamic tiling. In addition, applied with 'T Live Streaming*,' an innovative real-time streaming technology developed by SK Telecom, 360 VR Live creates a better environment for live broadcasting of 360-degree VR video by dramatically reducing latency from over 20 seconds to less than five seconds. *SK Telecom developed T Live Streaming in May 2016 by customizing 'MPEG Media Transport (MMT),' a standard developed by the Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG)*, to the mobile network environment. 360 VR Live creates a truly immersive experience by providing realistic 3D audio: Based on binaural rendering technology, 3D audio recognizes, in real time, the user's accurate location including the direction of his/her eyes and provides sounds consistent with the user's location. For instance, while watching a live travelling content, users will feel as if they themselves have teleported to a distant and exotic location not only because of what they see but also because of what they hear. The volume of sounds – e.g. background noise, voices, etc. – changes according to what the user is looking at: When the user looks at the tour guide, the voice of the guide will be heard loud and clear. Then, when he turns his head to the right to enjoy the scenery, the voice will be heard louder in his left ear than right ear. When the user looks back, the voice will be smaller for both ears. SK Telecom plans to commercialize 360 VR Live initially in the enterprise market for broadcasting companies and social networking sites. The company will also open its application programming interface (API) to build a new media ecosystem. With the API, individuals and small content developers will be able to create and offer 360 VR Live services. "Immersive live VR broadcasting will become widespread in the 5G era. SK Telecom will focus on building a new media ecosystem by joining hands with diverse partners," said Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center of SK Telecom. Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com.


News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

- Showcases an innovative end-to-end live streaming platform for 360 VR to provide customers with a truly immersive experience - 360 VR content produced by the platform boasts better image quality and dramatically reduced latency - With the application of 3D audio, the platform provides different sound volumes based on the movement of user's head - The company plans to open the platform's API to build a new media ecosystem SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) today announced that it will unveil its 360-degree live broadcast platform named '360 Adaptive VR Live Streaming Platform (hereinafter referred to as "360 VR Live")' at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from February 27 to March 2. 360 VR Live is an innovative end-to-end broadcast system that enables users to produce and livestream ultra-high-definition (UHD) 360-degree virtual reality (VR) video with low latency using a 360-degree camera. The platform produces UHD VR content through its differentiated stitching technology. When it comes to creating 360-degree visuals, it is important to seamlessly stitch multiple videos or images taken by the 360 camera. Based on multi-band blending algorithm, the platform stitches images in multi layers to produce a seamless 360 VR content without any distortion. In terms of frame rate, it supports 60 frames per second (FPS), which is translated into two times higher image quality than that of its competitors. Moreover, 360 Live VR has significantly reduced the bandwidth required for transmitting 360 video data. Generally, live streaming of 360 VR video requires up to six times greater bandwidth than traditional broadcasting. However with the platform, the size of the 360 VR video file is reduced by 35 percent, while not compromising the image quality thanks to dynamic tiling. In addition, applied with 'T Live Streaming*,' an innovative real-time streaming technology developed by SK Telecom, 360 VR Live creates a better environment for live broadcasting of 360-degree VR video by dramatically reducing latency from over 20 seconds to less than five seconds. *SK Telecom developed T Live Streaming in May 2016 by customizing 'MPEG Media Transport (MMT),' a standard developed by the Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG)*, to the mobile network environment. 360 VR Live creates a truly immersive experience by providing realistic 3D audio: Based on binaural rendering technology, 3D audio recognizes, in real time, the user's accurate location including the direction of his/her eyes and provides sounds consistent with the user's location. For instance, while watching a live travelling content, users will feel as if they themselves have teleported to a distant and exotic location not only because of what they see but also because of what they hear. The volume of sounds – e.g. background noise, voices, etc. – changes according to what the user is looking at: When the user looks at the tour guide, the voice of the guide will be heard loud and clear. Then, when he turns his head to the right to enjoy the scenery, the voice will be heard louder in his left ear than right ear. When the user looks back, the voice will be smaller for both ears. SK Telecom plans to commercialize 360 VR Live initially in the enterprise market for broadcasting companies and social networking sites. The company will also open its application programming interface (API) to build a new media ecosystem. With the API, individuals and small content developers will be able to create and offer 360 VR Live services. "Immersive live VR broadcasting will become widespread in the 5G era. SK Telecom will focus on building a new media ecosystem by joining hands with diverse partners," said Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center of SK Telecom. Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com.


BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) and Deutsche Telekom today have established "Quantum Alliance" at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to enable secure communication in the age of quantum computing. Industrial espionage and cyber-attacks by...


BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) and Deutsche Telekom today have established "Quantum Alliance" at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to enable secure communication in the age of quantum computing. Industrial espionage and cyber-attacks by hostile intelligence services are an increasing threat. In turn, in the not-too-distant future, quantum computing may provide such powerful performance that it could crack encryption algorithms that are currently considered secure. This would render today's common cryptography methods virtually useless and make server access, data links and documents freely accessible and viewable with little effort. Quantum computing, a hot research topic at present, would undermine the foundations of current encryption methods and with them, the security of the entire Internet. But even today, there is a need for tap-proof communication channels for key exchange. To meet these present and future needs, SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom founded the Quantum Alliance at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, to ensure that communications remain secure in the age of quantum computing. The Alliance's primary objective is to ensure that the technical prerequisites for secure communications continue to be met in the future. To do so, network operators and hardware manufacturers must work together to define and implement technical standards. As a second step, the alliance will aim to develop flexible services and security solutions for secure communications. "Committed to building a quantum-safe future, SK Telecom has been actively developing quantum cryptography technologies since 2011. SK Telecom believes that the co-establishment of the Quantum Alliance with Deutsche Telekom will bring us closer to realizing this goal, while also creating new valuable business opportunities in areas including quantum-safe communications, the Internet of Things and big data. We will work together to accelerate the growth of quantum-based cybersecurity technologies and its ecosystem," said Cha In-hyok, Executive Vice President and Head of IoT Business Division. "When it comes to security, we have to think beyond tomorrow. With the Quantum Alliance, we are taking the lead in a technical development that will revolutionize IT: we will help to ensure that communications remain secure even after a breakthrough is made in quantum computing and the first computers hit the market," said Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Technology and Innovation, in Barcelona. Nemat continued, "In SK Telecom, a technology leader in quantum cryptography, we have found the best partner for this challenge." SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom are committed to recruiting more partners for the Quantum Alliance in the coming weeks and months. The companies intend to approach network operators, network equipment makers, device manufacturers and software vendors. "A secure global communications network can only work if all the players agree on the same rules. That's what we're pushing right now," said Claudia Nemat. SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom will then draw up a specific action plan for how to proceed, together with the new partners. The Alliance's medium-term target is to develop, test and establish products that enable secure communications in the age of quantum computing. Established in 1984, SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea by both revenue and number of subscribers. As of December 2016, the company holds around 50 percent of the market, with 29.60 million mobile subscribers including 21.1 million LTE subscribers. It has reached KRW 17.092 trillion in revenue in 2016. SK Telecom has led the advancement of mobile technologies ranging from 2G to 4G, and is currently setting important milestones in its journey to 5G. The company is not only leading innovation in the field of mobile network, but also providing IoT, media, home and platform services. SK Telecom is determined to play a significant role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by achieving innovations and promoting shared growth with other players in the industry. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com/en or contact skt_press@sk.com. Further information for the media at

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