Microsoft inks MoU with SK Telecom to develop cutting-edge ICT capabilities

By Laura Mullan
Microsoft has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korean telecommunications company SK Telecom. Under the agreement, the companies wi...

Microsoft has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korean telecommunications company SK Telecom.

Under the agreement, the companies will work together on opportunities spanning the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, artificial intelligence, cloud technology and more.

“Through the strategic partnership with SK Telecom, we will play a key role in shaping the future and accelerating the digital transformation of the telecommunications industry with our world-class network and technology,” explained Jason Zander, executive vice president of Microsoft Azure.

“This will be a deep and multifaceted partnership that strengthens the power of cloud and AI to deliver innovative new services to customers.”

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Blending the capabilities of SK telecom’s AI platform NUGU and Micrsosoft’s digital assistat Cortana, the companies say they will also work together to offer  AI-powered products and services such as smart speakers.

On top of this, SK Telekom will adopt Microsoft 365 “to create a modern workplace and promote a new way of working among employees,” according to Microsoft.

Eventually, SK Telecom plans to expand the service to other ICT companiues working under the SK Group umbrella.

“SK Telecom is pleased to join hands with Microsoft as collaboration with global leading companies like Microsoft is essential to gain leadership in the 5G market, where competition is already fierce,” added Park Jung-ho, President and CEO of SK Telecom.

“SK Telecom will work closely with Microsoft to create an unprecedented value by combining the strengths and capabilities of the two companies.”

This isn't the first time Microsoft and SK Telekom have worked together this year.

Back in February, the companies partnered to launch SK Telekom’s self-developed big data solution, Metatron, based on Microsoft Azure.  

The companies say they will continue to work together to further improve the service.
 

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