Asia Briefs: Thai minister rejects return of 4G spectrum, Foreign climbers get free WiFi on Mount Fuji & more

Thai minister rejects return of 4G spectrum Thailand’s ICT minister has ordered state-owned CAT Telecom to drop its proposed agreement with dtac to return 5MHz of unused 1.8GHz spectrum, as it wants to avoid a delay in the 4G auctions …

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Asia Briefs: GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda, Ericsson appoints head of North East Asia & more

GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda The GSMA and ITU, with support from ICANN and the Internet Society, organised a forum in Bangkok this week that brought together more than 100 policymakers, regulators and industry executives to discuss the development …

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KT unveils “world’s fastest” mobile service GiGA LTE

South Korea’s second largest mobile player KT has introduced what it says is the world’s fastest mobile service by combining LTE and WiFi networks to offer a theoretical maximum download speed of 1.17Gb/s. A KT representative told Mobile World Live …

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SK Telecom unveils open IoT platform based on oneM2M

South Korea’s SK Telecom today introduced an open Internet of Things (IoT) platform, based on the oneM2M global standards initiative, aimed at developers. The ThingPlug platform was jointly developed by SK Telecom and Korean IoT platform service company Daliworks. Formed …

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SK Telecom develops AR platform for Project Tango

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) announced it has partnered with Google’s Project Tango to develop an augmented reality (AR) platform. Tango is a Google-led project that combines 3D-motion tracking with depth sensing. The T-AR platform for Project Tango, introduced at …

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SKT shows off robocop at Seoul IT expo

South Korea’s mobile leader SK Telecom (SKT) partnered with US-based wireless transmission specialist Kumu Networks to demonstrate a robot traffic officer using In Band Full Duplex (IBFD) technology at the World IT Show in Seoul this week. The robocop has …

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SKT launches Smart Home service built on open IoT platform

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has introduced a Smart Home service built on what it says is an open Internet of Things (IoT) platform that aims to create a safer, more convenient and energy-efficient home environment. At the launch event …

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SKT follows rivals in offering unlimited voice and text

South Korea’s largest mobile operator SK Telecom (SKT) announced it will introduce new data-centric plans, with unlimited voice and text, after rivals KT and LG UPlus made similar offers following pressure from the government to reduce household telecom expenses. SKT, …

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SK Telecom sees profit jump but revenue growth slow; 4G accounts for 61% of mobile base

South Korea’s largest mobile operator SK Telecom saw its Q1 profit jump sharply, but revenue slowed due to the government phasing out activation fees and lowering interconnect rates. The operator’s net income jumped 65.6 per cent to KRW442.7 billion ($409 …

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