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Telecom partnership embarks on new chapter

Posted: 04 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:South Korea? China? partnership telecom? call video?

A CDMA-TD-SCDMA video call marked the telecom partnership between South Korea and China.

Korean President Myung Bak Lee, who visited this week SK Telecom's Korea-China Mobile Service R&D Center in Zhongguancun, Beijing, made the first video call between CDMA and TD-SCDMA networks to send a message of encouragement to Korean handball athlete Young Ran Oh, who is in training at Taereung National Village for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Celebrating this success, SK Telecom said, "Korea was the first country in the world to commercialize CDMA while China developed its own TD-SCDMA technology. Today's video call between TD-SCDMA and CDMA networks is not only significant as a call connecting the two leading communication technologies but is also a symbol of strong partnership and alliance between Korea and China." The company added that Korean handset providers such as Samsung and LG Electronics supported handsets for TD-SCDMA development and both companies said in a statement that, "The collaboration is expected to pave the way for local industries of handset manufacturing, communication devices, software, and content to enter the China market."

The Korea-China Mobile Service R&D Center was established in February 2007 as part of the collaboration between SK Telecom and China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

In addition, SK Telecom announced its Korea-China Telecommunication Cooperation Plan, which will focus on the joint development of next-generation technology and telecommunications service collaboration with China. As part of the plan, SK Telecom will participate in the development of technology standards including TD-SCDMA and 4G communication. In addition, while maintaining cooperation with China Unicom, SK Telecom will seek more diverse business opportunities China.

"Building on the joint development efforts and telecommunication service collaboration, SK Telecom will strive to make significant contribution to the growth of the telecommunication industries in Korea and China," remarked Shin Bae Kim, SK Telecom CEO.

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