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[5G at MWC] SKT’s Park sees games, AR as key to success in new era

Feb 27,2019
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CEO Park Jung-ho of SK Telecom outlines the company’s future strategy built on its 5G network on Monday at MWC in Barcelona, Spain. [YONHAP]
BARCELONA, Spain - The possibility of a security risk related to Huawei was discussed at the board meeting of GSMA, the organizer of MWC, according to Park Jung-ho, CEO of SK Telecom and the only Korean among the board’s 26 members.

“We talked about it in terms of securing a healthy supply chain,” said Park to Korean media on Monday in Barcelona.

“Whether there is or there isn’t a security problem with Huawei equipment, it is true that the supply of Huawei equipment has become difficult. But there hasn’t been any conclusion made.”

SK Telecom, Korea’s No. 1 mobile carrier, is looking to create partnerships with game and media firms to make the most out of the 5G era.

“In five years, augmented reality glasses will replace televisions and PCs,” said Park.

“In order to be prepared for this, we are planning on striking an exclusive partnership with Magic Leap and Niantic.”

Magic Leap is an American start-up that specializes in AR glasses and Niantic is an American game company best known for AR game Pokemon Go.

SK Telecom also announced a partnership with sport and entertainment company Comcast Spectacor during MWC. The two companies will create an Esports joint venture.

“I hope Korea’s content business will one day grow to be like our semiconductor industry,” he said.

“Our content can become like Hong Kong’s kung fu films.”

With the commercialization of 5G, Park is planning various upgrades to different SK affiliates.

Park said that SK Telecom has secured some 27 million subscribers on mobile and pay-per-view platforms through the merger of its media subsidiaries Oksusu and Pooq as well as the acquisition of Tbroad, Korea’s No. 2 cable TV operator.

“We will transcend from a mobile carrier to become a comprehensive ICT company,” he said.

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BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]