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KT Sues SK Telecom for Damaging PyeongChang Olympic Broadcasting Network
Mistake or Intention?
KT Sues SK Telecom for Damaging PyeongChang Olympic Broadcasting Network
  • By Michael Herh
  • December 5, 2017, 02:30
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SK Telecom damaged the Olympic broadcasting network (left, gray) without permission and installed its cables (right, red) in a manhole 42m away from the IBC Center. (photo courtesy: KT)
SK Telecom damaged the Olympic broadcasting network (left, gray) without permission and installed its cables (right, red) in a manhole 42m away from the IBC Center. (photo courtesy: KT)

 

According to the telecommunication industry on December 4, KT filed a suit against for SK Telecom and four employees of its partner companies for damaging three internal telecommunication conduits and installing their fiber-optic cables without permission and eventually obstructing business and damaging property at the Yeongwol District Office of Chuncheon District Prosecutor’s Office in Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do at the end of October.

SKT was accused of cutting off three internal telecommunication conduits for installed for Olympic communication facilities and installing their 6km fiber-optic cables near the Main Press Center (MPC), the International Broadcasting Center (IBC), the Ski Jump Zone and the Sliding Center in Daegwanryong-myeon of Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon Provonce.

KT discovered the installation of SKT's fiber-optic cables during the installation of optical cables on October 30. KT signed a contract to supply a 333km telecommunication network with OBS, the main broadcasting company of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and installed the conduits from September 2015 to August of this year.

The fiber optic cables will transmit videos from 12 Olympic stadiums and 5 non-stadium venues for the Olympic Games to the International Broadcasting Center, and be used for telecommunications such as operation networks and facility networks. KT will provide these facilities to the Olympic Organizing Committee during the Olympic period.