SK Telecom and Nokia Siemens Networks are working together to evaluate Nokia Siemens Networks’ newly launched Liquid Applications in the operator’s LTE network. Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies in August 2012, they will sign an agreement on February 27, 2013 during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, to cooperate in the testing of Liquid Applications.
As part of this collaboration, SK Telecom will evaluate Nokia Siemens Networks’ newly launched Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS), which enables Liquid Applications, in the first half of 2013. Liquid Applications is an innovative network technology that helps operators provide a truly unique and personalized mobile broadband experience. This is achieved by turning base stations into a local hub for new service creation and delivery that exists closer to the mobile subscriber.
SK Telecom will be the world’s first operator to test Liquid Applications in an LTE environment. The operator is focusing on realizing Service-Aware RAN (radio access network) as part of its evolution toward an upgraded network. Unlike traditional base stations that essentially only played the role of a communication pipe, Service-Aware RAN is an intelligent base station that provides customers with a unique mobile experience through a wide variety of customized services. Based on the diverse features of intelligent base stations such as localized processing, storage and access to real-time radio and network data, the operator expects to develop services and applications that deliver a contextualized and personalized experience to customers. Service-Aware RAN will be showcased at SK Telecom’s booth at Mobile World Congress 2013, Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain.
“Telecom providers are realizing that optimized transmission of data alone can no longer guarantee success in the market,” said Dr Choi Jin-sung, Executive Vice President and Head of ICT R&D Division at SK Telecom. “SK Telecom will work closely with Nokia Siemens Networks to bring innovative changes to people’s lives by developing and applying new network technologies.”
“Through Liquid Applications, SK Telecom will be able to transform its base stations into a unique value creation engine to provide a uniquely personalized customer experience. In addition, Liquid Applications will stimulate mutual co-operation between the operator and various ecosystem players, resulting in development and delivery of innovative applications and services,” said Jarmo Häkkinen, head of mobile broadband value creation, Nokia Siemens Networks. “SK Telecom’s dense network of mobile base stations transformed with Liquid Applications processes content locally and interacts with subscribers to provide a totally unique mobile broadband experience. This will help SK Telecom to generate revenue from new business models, new services and new applications”.
About SK Telecom
SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670), established in 1984, is Korea’s largest telecommunications company with more than 26 million subscribers, accounting for over 50% of the market. The company reached KRW 16.301 trillion in revenue in 2012. As the world’s first company to commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, SK Telecom launched the nation’s first LTE service in July 2011. At present, the company offers differentiated LTE-specialized services supported by its strong LTE network, while actively developing core LTE-A technologies. It has recently designated its three new growth businesses, namely Healthcare, Solution and Media, to lead the upcoming era of ICT convergence. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com or email to email@example.com
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.
With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 100 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.8 billion euros in 2012. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com