Microsoft recently signed a MOU with SK Telecom, the largest mobile operator in Korea with nearly 50 percent of the market share. As part of this MOU, SK Telecom and Microsoft will work together on 5G, AI and cloud to promote IoT business including smart factory, AI technologies and services, media and entertainment services and more.
By combining the power of SK Telecom’s AI platform NUGU and Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, they will work together to offer new AI-powered products and services, including smart speakers and other offerings for the enterprise. Also, SK Telecom will deploy Microsoft 365 for its employees. In the future, SK Telecom will expand Microsoft 365 to other ICT companies 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,” said 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.”
“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,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president, Azure, Microsoft. “This will be a deep and multifaceted partnership that strengthens the power of cloud and AI to deliver innovative new services to customers.”