SK Telecom

SK Broadband to bundle Netflix as pair terminate dispute

South Korea’s SK Telecom and its SK Broadband consumer division have teamed up with Netflix to integrate the streaming leader in their offerings, including via bundling. The telco said that the aim is to help customers watch Netflix shows and films on mobile devices and IPTV (B tv) with easier access and payment options. SK […]

SK Telecom buys $100m of Anthropic’s AI technology

South Korean telecommunications company SK Telecom has invested USD $100 million in AI technology from the US-based tech firm Anthropic to build a large language model customised for telcos. Under the agreement, SKT and Anthropic will jointly develop a multilingual large language model that supports languages, including Korean, English, Japanese and Spanish. The companies said […]

SK Telecom targets new niches as pay TV base grows

South Korean cable operator SK Telecom is looking to niche markets, single-person households and second TVs within homes to further grow its TV base after posting solid growth for pay TV in the second quarter. The company grew its pay TV base to 9.46 million at the end of the second quarter, up from 9.4 […]

Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, e& and Singtel form telco AI alliance

Telcos Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom e& and Singtel have joined forces to form the Global Telco AI Alliance in aim to boost customer experience using AI technology. The four companies will make joint efforts to accelerate AI transformation of the existing telco business, and develop new growth drivers through new AI-powered business models. A Multilateral […]

SK Telecom claims top spot for IPTV growth

South Korea’s SK Telecom had 9.401 million pay TV customers at the end of March, up 0.8% quarter-on-quarter and up 3.4% year-on-year, with growth in IPTV numbers offsetting a small loss in legacy cable TV. The company said it had achieved the highest IPTV growth rate in the market. The telco’s IPTV base grew by […]

SK Telecom expands the metaverse with ‘if home’

South Korea’s SK Telecom has added a new service for social interaction in the virtual home, ‘if home’ to its metaverse platform ifland. Ifland is a personalised 3D virtual space that allows users to express themselves and socialise with others in the world of metaverse. After updating their ifland app, users can now create their […]

SK Telecom joins SRT Alliance

Korea’s largest telco, SK Telecom (SKT), has joined the SRT Alliance. The body, which is a collaborative community of industry leaders and developers focused on achieving low latency video transport, said that SKT will also adopt the SRT open source protocol. SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) is a free open source video transport protocol and technology […]

Korean FTC approves Pooq and Oksusu merger, paves way for Wavve launch in September

South Korean regulators have approved the merger between OTT platform Pooq and Oksusu to clear the way for the launch of Wavve.  Wavve was initially proposed in January as a joint venture between broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS along with telco SK Telecom as a means to protect against the growing influence of foreign OTT […]

SK Telecom launches 5G, AR, and VR Services for esports

South Koeran telco SK Telecom has announced the launch of three separate services dedicated to esports.  The 5G, AR and VR services have been launched with a view to “offer a more realistic and immersive experience when watching esports games”. The first, ‘Jump AR’’ is an augmented reality service provides users with a ‘virtual portal’ […]

Korean pay TV consolidation moves under way

Consolidation of Korea’s pay TV industry appears to be getting into gear, with reports of a plan by mobile leader SK Telecom to acquire number two cable operator Tbroad, following last week’s announcement that LG U+ would move ahead with the acquisition of a majority stake in CJ Hellovision. According to The Korea Herald, citing […]