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SK Telecom and Nokia Siemens Network Sign New Agreement During MWC 2013

SK Telecom and Nokia Siemens (News - Alert) Network signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) back in August that brought the two companies together to work on a Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS).

Now, six months later, both will be signing yet another agreement during the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) (MWC) 2013, to show their joint cooperation in the testing of the RACS’s liquid applications.

SK Telecom (News - Alert) is a provider of mobile services and solutions in South Korea. The company currently dominates the mobile market share taking up almost 51 percent of its local region. At the height of its success, SK Telecom signed a MoU with Nokia (News - Alert) Siemens Network, a multinational data networking and telecommunications equipment company, to cooperate in the development of advanced technologies.

Together, the firms developed a cloud-based server called RACS. The new Liquid Applications mobile base station, coupled with IBM (News - Alert) WebSphere and the growing BYOD (bring your own device) community, has real potential.

“Through Liquid Applications, SK Telecom will be able to transform its base stations into a unique value creation engine to provide a uniquely personalized customer experience. In addition, Liquid Applications will stimulate mutual cooperation between the operator and various ecosystem players, resulting in development and delivery of innovative applications and services," said Jarmo Häkkinen, head of mobile broadband value creation, Nokia Siemens Networks.

“SK Telecom’s dense network of mobile base stations transformed with Liquid Applications processes content locally and interacts with subscribers to provide a totally unique mobile broadband experience,” Häkkinen added. “This will help SK Telecom to generate revenue from new business models, new services and new applications.”

To keep things clear, the companies negotiated another agreement on how the new application would be evaluated; “As part of this collaboration, SK Telecom will evaluate NSN’s Radio Applications Cloud Server, which enables Liquid Applications, in the first half of 2013,” the companies revealed in a joint statement.

“Nokia Siemens calls Liquid Applications is an innovative network technology that helps operators provide a truly unique and personalized mobile broadband experience. This is achieved by turning base stations into a local hub for new service creation and delivery that exists closer to the mobile subscriber.”

Dr. Choi Jin-sung, EVP and head of ICT R&D Division at SK Telecom, said the companies forged a partnership to say relevant. “Telecom providers are realizing that optimized transmission of data alone can no longer guarantee success in the market,” said Jin-sung. “SK Telecom will work closely with Nokia Siemens Networks to bring innovative changes to people’s lives by developing and applying new network technologies.”

Edited by Braden Becker

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