|SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho delivers a video address during the 5Germany conference in this photo provided by the Korean mobile carrier, Thursday. Courtesy of SK Telecom|
By Jun Ji-hye
SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho delivered an address at a conference held in Germany, handing down the company's successful commercialization and application of fifth-generation (5G) networks to industry leaders and political figures of the European country, the company said Thursday.
Park gave his speech using a videoconferencing device during the 5Germany conference that brought together CEOs of BMW, Deutsche Telekom, BASF and ABB Group as well as the country's minister of transport and digital infrastructure.
The conference, which took place on Sept. 27, was aimed at mulling ways of innovating industries through 5G.
"Through his video address on how Korea is becoming the leader in 5G, Park talked about the journey to launch the world's first commercial 5G networks as well as achievements in innovating industries," an SK Telecom official said.
The nation's three mobile carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― became the world's first to commercialize 5G networks services in early April.
Park has played a role as an adviser for a number of CEOs of global telecom companies regarding the launch of 5G, the nation's top mobile carrier said.
Germany has pushed for the Industry 4.0 strategy designed to apply information and communications technologies to manufacturing sites to optimize production processes.
Deutsche Telekom and other major telecom companies in Germany have begun preparations for the launch of 5G in some areas including Berlin and Munich, but they have fallen behind companies in Korea or the United States in constructing 5G-based infrastructure and developing related services, according to SK Telecom.
Regarding this, Park suggested various cooperative ties in manufacturing cars and developing self-driving technologies as well as adopting smart factory systems.
"We will be able to offer new value to consumers when mobility services powered by 5G and AI, such as T map, are integrated with German cars," he said.