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SK Telecom to build network for Internet of Things in Thailand

SK Telecom Co., South Korea's top mobile carrier, said Sunday it will build a network for the so-called Internet of Things in Bangkok and Phuket. 

Under a contract with Thailand's state-owned CAT Telecom, signed last Friday, SK Telecom plans to build the network and start a trial service of IoT in April, the company said in a statement. 

Cha In-hyeok (2nd from L), head of SK Telecom's IoT business shakes hands with CAT Telecom's chief executive, Sanpachai Huvanandana, after signing a contract in Bangkok. (SK Telecom)
Cha In-hyeok (2nd from L), head of SK Telecom's IoT business shakes hands with CAT Telecom's chief executive, Sanpachai Huvanandana, after signing a contract in Bangkok. (SK Telecom)

The IoT technology is aimed at connecting every object with the Internet, allowing them to send and receive data. 

SK Telecom uses the low-power LoRa technology, one of the IoT standards seeking to become a global platform. 

At first, SK Telecom said it will build the IoT network near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, offering a location-tracking service for tourists. The service also allows people to hail a taxi or find lost objects, SK Telecom said. 

The contract also calls for SK Telecom to sell devices and IoT platforms in Thailand, according to the company. (Yonhap)

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