SK Telecom Details 5G Enterprise
March 31, 2020
Telecom detailed its 5G milestones achieved over the past year since
launching the world’s first 5G service on April 3, 2019, along with its
plans going forward.
According to the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT released in January
2020, SK Telecom has established itself as the leader in the 5G market
with around 2.22 million subscribers and 44.7% market share. With its
strong performance in 5G, SK Telecom continues to maintain the unrivaled
market leadership it secured since launching the 2G service in Korea.
SK Telecom has increased customers’ 5G experience and acceptance by
creating around 70 5G Clusters* in key commercial districts and densely
populated areas throughout the nation. To date, around 1 million
customers visited 5G Clusters to experience differentiated 5G services
including ‘Jump AR Zoo’ and ‘5G LoL Park.’
*5G Clusters are built with more base stations than other 5G coverage
areas to offer optimal 5G environment for services like AR and VR.
According to SK Telecom’s analysis on 5G subscribers, people in their
30s and 40s are taking up 53% of the company’s total 5G subscriber base,
which is significantly higher than the proportion of people in their 30s
and 40s in total LTE subscriber base, which currently stands at 32%.
The total amount of data consumption of SK Telecom’s 5G subscribers
reached 62,000 TB on average per month over the past three months (Dec.
2019 ~ Feb. 2020). During the same period, the average monthly data
usage of subscribers who switched devices from LTE to 5G has increased
about twofold from 14.5 GB (LTE) to 28.5 GB (5G) per person.
SK Telecom’s 5G subscribers are found to be using media services, which
generally require greater speeds and bandwidths, much more actively than
LTE subscribers. As of February 2020, 5G subscribers are using 7 times
more VR services, 3.6 times more video steaming services and 2.7 times
more game apps than LTE subscribers.
Moreover, armed with its strong capabilities in 5G, SK Telecom has
successfully expanded into new business areas. The company is
cooperating with Microsoft and Amazon Web Services in the area of cloud,
and has ventured into the U.S. next-generation broadcasting (ATSC 3.0)
market with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
SK Telecom also shared its experience and knowhow in 5G with other
mobile operators across the globe including Deutsche Telekom, Taiwan
Mobile and IT&E.
Going forward, SK Telecom aims to earn the title of the world’s best 5G
service provider through hyper-collaboration with strong global
companies. At CES 2020, SK Telecom’s President and CEO Park Jung-ho
suggested “Hyper-Collaboration” with diverse Korean ICT companies to
achieve innovations in areas including artificial intelligence.
For consumers, SK Telecom will focus on providing differentiated 5G
services that innovate user experience through borderless collaboration
with diverse ICT companies including cloud service providers, device
manufacturers and telecommunications companies.
SK Telecom will continue to work closely with Microsoft to prepare
mobile cloud streaming games and will also open ‘Jump Studio,’ a
mixed-reality content production facility.
SK Telecom and Microsoft are currently providing 92 different games
through Project xCloud. Cloud gaming service is being highlighted as the
‘game changer’ that will shift the paradigm in the gaming industry by
enabling users to play high quality, premium games anywhere, anytime by
accessing the cloud server.
Jump Studio will provide solutions that enable the creation of 3D
content like holograms by combining the technological strengths of
augmented and virtual reality technologies. SK Telecom expects Jump
Studio to accelerate the popularization of realistic media by
significantly reducing time and cost for content creation.
SK Telecom plans to release mobile device applied with global leading
quantum cryptography technologies and provide advanced security
solutions to 5G users.
In B2B, SK Telecom announced its vision of expanding the enterprise
business in full scale by marking 2020 as the first year of its B2B
business. To this end, the company will work closely with companies of
diverse industries to serve as a catalyst for industrial innovations in
SK Telecom plans to build 5G MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) Centers in 12
different locations across Korea to lead a cloud-driven industrial
revolution. To this end, the company is preparing to launch nationwide
5G edge cloud service by joining hands with global leading cloud
companies such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.
5G edge cloud, once commercialized, will provide ultra-low latency
connectivity for services like unmanned delivery robots and
telemedicine, thereby bringing unprecedented changes to all industries
including manufacturing, distribution and healthcare.
Moreover, SK Telecom plans to deploy a private 5G network at SK Hynix’s
semiconductor manufacturing facility to realize 5G smart factory that
can lead to a supercycle in the semiconductor industry. The company is
planning to add cutting-edge ICT including AI video analytics and AR
technology to its 5G network.
SK Telecom is also cooperating with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP)
to realize 5G smart power plant. It will first upgrade real-time drone
monitoring system for dams, remote water level monitoring system, and
situation sharing system by applying private 5G network and quantum
cryptography technologies to KHNP’s hydro-electric/ pumped storage power
Furthermore, the company will continue to work closely with Seoul
Metropolitan Government to accelerate the C-ITS (Cooperative Intelligent
Transportation System) project by applying Road Learner, which consists
of 5G ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) and Live HD Map Update
solution. 5G ADAS and Live HD Map Update solution are key technologies
for autonomous driving as 5G ADAS improves driving safety through
features including lane departure warning and forward collision
avoidance, and Live HD Map Update solution reflects road situations to
HD maps in real time.
2020, SK Telecom will bring the total number of its 5G Clusters to 240
and expand 5G coverage to neighborhoods (‘dong’) of 85 cities nationwide
by working closely with telecommunications equipment manufacturers.
The company will also secure indoor coverage for a total of 2,000
buildings, including not just airports, department stores and large
shopping malls but also small-to medium-sized buildings, by applying its
sophisticated 5G in-building solutions.
“SK Telecom was able to secure new business opportunities ahead of
others by achieving the world’s first 5G commercialization,” said Ryu
Young-sang, Vice President and Head of MNO Business of SK Telecom. “We
are confident that the 5G business models to be launched this year will
drive the company’s growth over the next decade.”