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SKT teams up with Microsoft to tap into big data market

All News 10:33 February 20, 2019

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's No. 1 mobile carrier, SK Telecom Co., said Wednesday it will collaborate with U.S. software giant Microsoft for big data solutions to expand its presence in the global market.

SK Telecom said it signed a development and global business cooperation agreement with Microsoft in Silicon Valley to step up development and global marketing in big data analysis.

Under the partnership, SKT will launch its real-time big data analyzer, Metratron, on Microsoft's public cloud platform Azure.

Metratron provides quick and easy data analysis, which also includes data collection, storage and visualization processes. Azure is the world's second-largest public cloud provider, used in 140 nations across the globe.

The two companies agreed to launch the big-data-based asset performance management service for the commercial market in July.

"The partnership is expected to set the ground for Metatron's footprint in the global market," Choi Yong-jin, SKT's data labs director, said in a release.

Officials of South Korean mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. and U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. hold hands after signing a development and global business cooperation agreement in Silicon Valley, California, in this photo provided by SKT on Feb. 20, 2019. (Yonhap)

Already well-established in its domestic market, SK Telecom has focused on leveraging its mobile network technology expertise and increasing revenue in content, software and security.

During MWC Barcelona, set to open next Monday, the company plans to demonstrate its 5G technology, including quantum-safe cryptography solutions and mobile edge computing.

Quantum-safe technology encrypts transmitted data using special quantum keys, which prevents interception or theft.

Edge computing systems process data locally, in nearby data centers or on devices, which eases the strain on networks and improves data reply times.

In October, SK Telecom signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Telekom's subsidiary MobiledgeX to introduce mobile edge computing technologies to its 5G services.

ejkim@yna.co.kr
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