SK Telecom (SKT) at this time introduced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NTT DOCOMO, the most important cell operator in Japan, to cooperate in data and communication (ICT) enterprise.
By the MOU, the 2 corporations will forge a strategic partnership in three key areas -metaverse, cell community infrastructure and media enterprise. It is going to additionally create higher synergy by partnering with different SK ICT associates equivalent to SK hynix and Contents Wavve.
First, SKT and NTT DOCOMO will work collectively within the subject of content material, expertise and companies to advance their metaverse companies. SKT has been operating the ‘ifland’ metaverse service since July 2021, whereas NTT DOCOMO launched the metaverse service in March 2022.
The 2 corporations are discussing the joint manufacturing of metaverse content material. This consists of creating Ok-pop and J-pop content material and making use of it to their two companies. Specifically, they are going to contemplate the thought of collectively securing the mental property (IP) of fashionable video games and animations in Korea and Japan, and collectively investing in metaverse-related content material suppliers or reality-related tools producers.
Furthermore, SKT and NTT DOCOMO will function an everyday consultative physique for cooperation within the metaverse enterprise to share service information and expertise within the brief time period, and focus on connecting companies and conducting joint advertising in the long run.
By linking the 2 corporations’ metaverse companies, customers of NTT DOCOMO’s metaverse companies in Japan will be capable of benefit from the volumetric live shows of Ok-pop artists offered by ifland. Additionally, ifland customers will be capable of take a digital tour of main Japanese cities via NTT DOCOMO’s metaverse service.
SKT and NTT DOCOMO additionally agreed to cooperate in next-generation cell community expertise together with 6G. They’ll conduct joint research of not solely 5G, but additionally the evolution of 5G and key 6G applied sciences, and work collectively to set worldwide expertise requirements.
By working collectively to have their 6G use circumstances and key necessities – from the attitude of consumers and operators – mirrored by world standardization organizations and trade, the 2 corporations shall be ready to realize success within the 6G period.
Collectively, they are going to safe the Open Radio Entry Community (Open RAN) and Virtualized RAN expertise that shall be extensively utilized in 6G communications. As well as, the 2 corporations will deal with R&D in next-generation cell networks, which incorporates the innovation of cell community buildings into the cloud atmosphere and the event of transportation community applied sciences.
SKT and NTT DOCOMO may also work collectively within the space of Inexperienced ICT. As electrical energy consumption will proceed to extend with the evolution of networks from 5G to 6G, they are going to collectively promote the event of energy-saving options and high-efficiency community tools to scale back greenhouse fuel emissions.
In the meantime, SKT and SK hynix shall be members of the ‘Modern Optical and Wi-fi Community (IOWN) World Discussion board,’ a consultative physique for R&D and standardization of next-generation communication applied sciences. Presently, about 100 massive expertise corporations – together with Intel and Sony, educational establishments and analysis institutes take part within the discussion board.
By the IOWN World Discussion board, SKT and NTT DOCOMO plan to safe next-generation transportation expertise, and SK hynix will cooperate in finding out next-generation semiconductor expertise.
Moreover, primarily based on the cooperation with NTT DOCOMO, ‘Wavve,’ a video streaming service offered by Contents Wavve, will enter the Japanese media market.
Wavve Content material and NTT DOCOMO may also cooperate in content material manufacturing/distribution and make strategic investments to extend their world presence. To this finish, the 2 corporations will promote the joint manufacturing of assorted unique content material equivalent to dramas and leisure reveals and supply them completely to the Korean and Japanese markets.
The cooperation between Contents Wavve and NTT DOCOMO is predicted to be mutually useful: By offering globally fashionable Korean content material to the Japanese market, Wavve hopes to safe abroad gross sales channels, whereas NTT DOCOMO attracts extra clients.
“The MOU has a big which means as a result of it’s a cooperation between cell operators representing Korea and Japan,” mentioned Ryu Younger-sang, President & CEO of SKT. “By working along with NTT DOCOMO within the space of future ICT, we’ll produce actual outcomes that drive world ICT innovation.”
“By combining our technological capabilities with the know-how we have now cultivated all through the years of expertise, we hope to create new companies that can enable clients around the globe to expertise new types of pleasure. We sit up for working with SK Telecom to develop the enterprise of each corporations,” mentioned Motoyuki Ii , President & CEO of NTT DOCOMO.
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