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SK Telecom to deploy LoRa network across South Korea

Steve Rogerson
May 26, 2016
Samsung Electronics is to deploy a commercial IoT-dedicated LoRa network nationwide across South Korea for SK Telecom. The network will use the 900MHz frequency band.
The commercial service is scheduled to launch in Daegu, Korea’s fourth largest city, next month and will be available nationwide by the middle of this year.
Daegu will serve as a test bed for the IoT network, and focus on setting up and adopting infrastructure for renewable energy, cloud platforms and big data analytics of healthcare and medical services, as well as electric vehicle infrastructure for autonomous cars. For example, streetlights in the city will collect weather and traffic information using IoT sensors, enabling cost savings by automatically adjusting the lighting level and sending air pollution status information.
“With the early deployment of a nationwide IoT network, SK Telecom will be able to maintain its position as pioneer in the field of telecommunications,” said Lee Jong-bong, executive vice president at SK Telecom. “SK Telecom will continue to work closely with partners including Samsung to deliver new value and convenience to both individual and enterprise customers over the IoT network.”
LoRaWan IoT networks use unlicensed, public spectrum in the ISM frequency band. To prevent degradation of other industrial communications already using the ISM band, the network will support the LBT listen before talk function. A new service model, the internet of small things (IoST), will also be introduced as a facilitator for more business opportunities using the LPWAN-like LoRaWan. LPWAN is a group of technologies optimised to transmit small amounts of data at speeds below 5kbit/s.
“Now is a critical moment for ICT companies looking for new future business opportunities such as IoT services,” said Youngky Kim, president and head of networks business at Samsung Electronics. “We are very pleased to partner with SK Telecom for its pioneering IoT vision. Samsung will contribute in creating the ecosystem for enabling significant changes driven by new IoT services.”