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SK Telecom to Join Forces with Samsung Electronics and Cisco in 5G-Based Smart Office Business
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SK Telecom to Join Forces with Samsung Electronics and Cisco in 5G-Based Smart Office Business
  • By Michael Herh
  • June 7, 2019, 10:09
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Models demonstrate mobile virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in a 5G smart office in Centropolis Building, Seoul.

SK Telecom will team up with Samsung Electronics and Cisco to promote the 5G-based smart office business.

The three companies concluded a 5G smart office business agreement at SK Telecom’s main office building in Seoul on June 5. Under the agreement, the three companies will jointly carry out marketing activities by developing packages that combine their services and products.

In the 5G smart office environment, all tasks can be implemented with smartphones. By utilizing 5G networks, people can work without using office PCs, wired telephones and LAN cables.

The mobile virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will replace office PCs. Even if you do not have a PC or a laptop, you can work just by plugging your smartphone into a docking pad. As it is possible to work anywhere, companies can adopt a fast and flexible organizational structure and working system.

Landline phones will be replaced by mobile enterprise telephone services. SK Telecom provides separate business numbers for personal smartphones. Unlike traditional two-number service, it is possible to switch between individual mode and business mode and manage call and text messages separately.

SK Telecom will help companies enhance their work efficiency by providing mobile-based video conferencing solutions and cloud-based virtual work space dedicated to teams. In the past, officials needed separate equipment for video conferencing and had to gather in a conference room. But in 5G smart offices, everyone can use video conferencing services with a smartphone.

In a cloud-based virtual work space dedicated to a team, workers can conduct business collaboration such as file sharing with their smartphones.

The three companies will jointly plan and develop smart office integration packages and services in the second half of this year. They will offer customized mobile enterprise phones, collaboration solutions, mobile-oriented business environments and 5G network services according to clients’ characteristics and business types.

SK Telecom will provide 5G infrastructure, smart office solutions, cloud computing and enterprise mobile telephone services, while Samsung Electronics will offer terminals, the KNOX security solution and the desktop experience (DeX) solution. Cisco will provide collaboration and network security solutions.

Furthermore, SK Telecom will integrate smart office technology with mobile edge computing (MEC) and big data-based office operating system. Earlier in February, SK Telecom gave a demonstration of the integrated service in Centropolis Building in Seoul. The integrated service was powered by a 5G working-through system using facial recognition AI instead of plastic ID cards and a mobile VDI docking system that does not require PCs.