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SK Telecom to develop maritime wireless network

SK Telecom has announced plans to launch what it says is the world’s first pilot LTE-M (LTE for Maritime Wireless Communications) network, as part of a research and development project led by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The aim of the LTE-M project will be to provide high-speed wireless telecommunications to ships up to 100 kilometres from shore. In particular, it is hoped that this would significantly enhance safety of navigation for smaller ships with limited communications capabilities.

SK Telecom says it plans to deploy the test network by May 2016 in the East Sea off Korea. This will feature radio signals transmitted from a high-gain antenna located at a high altitude on the eastern coast being received by an LTE-M router installed on a ship, which will then be converted to Wi-Fi.

The telecoms company will develop the high-gain antenna and the LTE-M router specifically for the maritime environment.

“SK Telecom will successfully deploy LTE-M, high-speed maritime wireless communications network, by leveraging its extensive expertise in communications technologies, and thereby contribute to enhanced safety of ships,” said Choi Seung-won, senior vice president and head of the network strategy office at SK Telecom.{/mprestriction}

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