Alcatel-Lucent builds IP-based mobile backhaul network supporting SK Telecom's LTE-Advanced service

Alcatel-Lucent builds IP-based mobile backhaul network supporting SK Telecom's
                             LTE-Advanced service

SK Telecom's new IP/MPLS mobile backhaul network offers ultra-broadband to its
customers throughout South Korea

PR Newswire

PARIS, Sept. 24, 2013

PARIS, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:
ALU) today announced that it will deploy an IP-based mobile backhaul network
to support LTE-Advanced services for SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670),
Korea's largest mobile operator. 

The Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching-based (IP/MPLS) mobile
backhaul solution, to be deployed in October, will link SK Telecom cell sites.
With this new solution SK Telecom will support LTE-Advanced, LTE, WiBro
(WiMAX), and Wi-Fi mobile data traffic as well as improve the quality of its
mobile IPTV service named 'B tv mobile', and improve customer satisfaction by
offering new mobile services.

Key Facts:

  oSK Telecom was the first service provider in the world to commercialize
    LTE-Advanced when it launched service in June 2013, and expanded its
    LTE-Advanced service to the main areas of 84 cities nationwide in late
    July. LTE-Advanced offers ultra broadband network speeds of up to 150
    Mbps, which is two times faster than that of LTE, and up to 10 times
    faster than 3G networks. LTE-Advanced users can download an 800MB movie
    in just 43 seconds.
  oOver its LTE-Advanced network, SK Telecom is providing premium broadband
    multimedia services to customers including group video calling with 12
    times better video quality than previously available, T Baseball Multiview
    allowing viewers to watch two different games at the same time and T
    Shopping, a mobile home shopping app/service that provides major home
    shopping channels.
  oAlcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 5650 Control
    Plane Assurance Manager along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware
    Manager (SAM).
  oAlcatel-Lucent is rapidly accelerating investments in IP routing to help
    customers evolve as quickly as possible to all-IP networks. This will help
    them to rollout services more quickly and efficiently and meet their
    customers' data demands today and into the future.
  oAlcatel-Lucent has shipped 300,000 service router platforms (7750 SR) to
    more than 500 service providers, including KT, LG U+, SK Broadband Korea,
    as well as globally to customers including AT&T, Verizon, BT and NTT
  oThis project aligns with Alcatel-Lucent's focus on IP platforms as
    outlined in The Shift Plan announced on June 19, 2013.


Chi Il Yoo, Head of Alcatel-Lucent Korea, said: "With this deployment by SK
Telecom we are once again demonstrating Alcatel-Lucent's significant momentum
in the IP business which we have targeted in our recently announced 'Shift
Plan' as the market area with significant future growth opportunities for our
company. Alcatel-Lucent has been deploying all-IP networks throughout Korea.
Based on the successful deployment of those IP projects, we are committed to
supplying our core router solution to the major service providers. And with
this award, we are strengthening and expanding our position in IP-related
areas such as Data Center, Cloud, Network Function Virtualization, and
Software Defined Networking in local markets."

Additional information:

  o7750 Service Routers (SR):

About SK Telecom
SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670), established in 1984, is Korea's largest
telecommunications company with more than 27 million mobile subscribers,
accounting for over 50% of the market. The company reached KRW 16.301 trillion
in revenue in 2012. As the world's firstcompanyto commercialize CDMA, CDMA
2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, SK Telecom launched the nation's first
LTE service in July 2011. Backed by rapid nationwide deployment, a rich device
lineup and diverse mobile value added services, the company secured over 11
million LTE subscribers as of June 2013. SK Telecom also became the world's
first mobile carrier to launch LTE-Advanced on June 26, 2013 by applying core
LTE-Advanced technologies including Carrier Aggregation. Also, based on its
strength in network operations business, SK Telecom is seeking new growth
engines by building ICT convergence business models in areas of healthcare,
enterprise solutions, media and education. For more information, please visit or email to

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