SK Telecom: Lessons in 5G, AI, and adjacent market growth

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What can others learn from SK Telecom’s advanced efforts to grow in the face of declining core telecoms revenues? 5G is a part of the story, but not all of it.


Format: PDF filePages: 49 pagesCharts: 26Author: Robert HarrisonPublication Date: November 2020

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction and overview
    • Overview of SKT’s activities
  • Business strategy and structure
    • Strategy and lessons
    • 5G deployment
    • Vertical industry applications
    • AI
    • SK Telecom ‘New Business’ and other areas
  • Business performance
    • Financial results
    • Competitive environment
  • Industry and national context
    • International context

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: SK Telecom mobile and non-mobile revenues, 2015-2019
  • Figure 2: SK Telecom revenues from new service areas
  • Figure 3: SK Telecom 5G architecture and edge implementation
  • Figure 4: 5G uptake in Korea by MNO
  • Figure 5: Data use by mobile generation
  • Figure 6: SKT 5G uptake and usage compared to 4G LTE
  • Figure 7: NUGU
  • Figure 8: NUGU variants
  • Figure 9: NUGU mini
  • Figure 10: NUGU for children; Nemo & Albert AI
  • Figure 11: Smart Home launch 2015/6
  • Figure 12: SK Telecom’s Open Ecosystem
  • Figure 13: SK Telecom partners for Smart Home
  • Figure 14: Growth of 11st, 2016-2018
  • Figure 15: SK Telecom profitability, 2015-2019
  • Figure 16: SK Telecom network capital expenditure, 2012-2018
  • Figure 17: Comparing R&D and capex in telcos and tech companies, 2017
  • Figure 18: Contribution of non-mobile service revenues
  • Figure 19: Revenue contribution of new service areas, 2015-2019
  • Figure 20: Revenue contribution of new and existing service areas in 2019
  • Figure 21: Mobile market shares, 2014-2019
  • Figure 22: Contribution of non-telco services to operator revenues
  • Figure 23: Porter determinants of national advantage
  • Figure 24: GDP/Capita – Korea and Leading Nations
  • Figure 25: World Bank rankings on ease of doing business
  • Figure 26: R&D intensity in major nations and South KoreaKeywords: 11st, 5G, acquisition, ADT Caps, AI, Amazon, artificial intelligence, Augmented Reality AR, capex, Coordination age, cryptography, Deutsche Telekom, ecommerce, edge computing, Ericsson, ict, IoT, KT, LG, M&A, MEC, media, mmWave, NUGU, R&D, Samsung, security, SK Hynix, smart factory, Smart Home, T Map, VR

Companies & technologies covered: Amazon, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Samsung, SK Hynix, SK Telecom