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SK Telecom to build network for Internet of Things in Thailand

All Headlines 10:29 February 05, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- SK Telecom Co., South Korea's top mobile carrier, said Sunday it will build a network for the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) in Bangkok and Phuket.

Under a contract with Thailand's state-owned CAT Telecom, signed last Friday, SK Telecom plans to build the network and start a trial service of IoT in April, the company said in a statement.

The IoT technology is aimed at connecting every object with the Internet, allowing them to send and receive data.

SK Telecom uses the low-power LoRa technology, one of the IoT standards seeking to become a global platform.

At first, SK Telecom said it will build the IoT network near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, offering a location-tracking service for tourists. The service also allows people to hail a taxi or find lost objects, SK Telecom said.

The contract also calls for SK Telecom to sell devices and IoT platforms in Thailand, according to the company.

Cha In-hyeok (2nd from L), head of SK Telecom's IoT business shakes hands with CAT Telecom's chief executive, Sanpachai Huvanandana, after signing a contract in Bangkok. (Photo courtesy of SK Telecom) (Yonhap)


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