Vodafone eyeing SK Telecom’s Smart Push LTE tech
Vodafone wants to use some advanced LTE technology developed by SK Telecom. SK Telecom is South Korea’s biggest carrier, and the world’s second largest LTE service provider, behind only Verizon (which operates in a much bigger country, we must add).
The tech in question is dubbed Smart Push and is part of SK Telecom’s ‘PETA’ solutions. It enables “the smooth usage of social networking services or messengers and also facilitates the large amount of data traffic on Web-connected smartphones and tablets”, according to The Korea Times.
SK Telecom has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), the ailing mobile network infrastructure provider, for this project. Partnered, as in NSN gets to be in charge of sales of the technology outside of Korea. That could help boost that company’s standing with global carriers. Especially since Vodafone apparently isn’t the only one interested in SK Telecom’s LTE solutions. SFR, France’s No.2 carrier, has also approached the Korean company, wanting to check out the development of SKT’s LTE offerings before formally entering into an agreement to use them.
Clearly, while in the process of adopting LTE themselves, big European carriers are looking to South Korea for inspiration. That’s 100% logical, since that country probably has the most extensive LTE networks per capita in the world at the moment.