Vodafone eyes adoption of SK Telecom's 'smart' LTE technology

Vodafone is reportedly negotiating with South Korean operator SK Telecom to acquire LTE technology that will better manage the data volumes produced by smartphones and tablets.

Network executives from Vodafone first met with SK Telecom managers earlier this year to better understand the "Smart Push" technology that SK Telecom is co-developing with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), according to the Korea Times.

SK Telecom said that it was now in detailed discussion with Vodafone as part of an effort to strengthen its alliance and build a global presence for its in-house LTE technology. "We have signed various non-binding MoUs with top overseas operators. One encouraging sign is that they want to learn from our experiences and know-how in managing LTE services," a company spokesman told Korea Times.

The Smart Push technology is said to mitigate the data generated by social networking services and also help the management of data traffic on Web-connected smartphones and tablets. SFR is also at early-stage talks with SK Telecom to gain insight into how the Korean operator is running its LTE service prior to signing any technology partnership agreement.

NSN and Samsung are said to have struck deals with ST Telecom to handle the sales and support of Smart Push outside of South Korea.

For more:
- see this Korea Times article
- see this Telecom Paper article (sub. req.)

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