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SK Telecom to launch 5G mixed reality content in Hong Kong

All News 11:31 October 20, 2020

By Chae Yun-hwan

SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Yonhap) -- SK Telecom Co., South Korea's largest wireless carrier, said Tuesday it partnered with Hong Kong's top telecommunications firm PCCW Group to release its 5G mixed reality content there.

The South Korean carrier said it will work with PCCW Group to provide its augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) content in Hong Kong, which commercialized the latest generation network earlier this year. SK Telecom said the two also have agreed on joint investment and production of 5G-based content.

The South Korean carrier currently offers AR and VR content through its Jump application, which has racked up 3 million cumulative users and over 600,000 monthly active users. The carrier's service provides a wide range of AR and VR content, including concerts and virtual meetups using avatars.

SK Telecom said it would enter more overseas markets, including the Southeast Asian market, adding that it is also currently in talks with Deutsche Telekom for the European market and with T-Mobile for the U.S. market.

This photo provided by SK Telecom Co. on Oct. 20, 2020, shows the company's 3D filming studio at the company's headquarters in central Seoul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The announcement comes in line with SK Telecom's efforts to push data-intensive mixed reality content for 5G networks.

It partnered with U.S. tech giant Microsoft Corp. in April this year to establish a film studio that uses volumetric video capture technology, a first of its kind in Asia, to produce 3D hologram content.

SK Telecom said it has expanded the studio by relocating it to its headquarters in central Seoul.

The company said in a briefing that it targets having 10 million Jump service users by the end of next year.

Local rival LG Uplus Corp. has also boosted efforts in creating AR and VR content, forming an alliance with other global telecom operators last month.


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