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Chinese Smartphone Makers Seek High-End Market

Chinese Smartphone Makers Seek High-End Market

SEJONG, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese smartphone makers have been rolling out pricey models to play catch up with Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., which dominate the high-end smartphone market in the country, a Seoul trade body said Thursday.  According to the Shanghai office of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Chinese smartphone [...]

Streaming Content on Rise Due to LTE Service: Data

Streaming Content on Rise Due to LTE Service: Data

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean Internet users have increasingly streamed content instead of downloading them though wireless services, government data showed Wednesday, mainly on the back of the introduction of a long-term evolution (LTE) service based on fourth-generation (4G) wireless technology.  Internet traffic from video streaming services and video-on-demand (VOD), such as [...]

MVNOs Struggle for Existence as Subscriber Numbers Near 7 million

MVNOs Struggle for Existence as Subscriber Numbers Near 7 million

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of MVNO subscribers is about to exceed seven million, a sign of market maturation over the past six years. However, due to sluggish growth that began two years ago, businesses are desperately struggling for existence. MVNOs are putting significant efforts into finding a way out by diversifying their [...]

Smartphones Ubiquitous on Public Transportation

Smartphones Ubiquitous on Public Transportation

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Reading the morning paper on the bus or subway may soon become a thing of the past. A study by the Korea Information Strategy Development Institute revealed that 86.3 percent of the survey participants used cell phones on public transportation as their favorite go-to medium for killing time – which [...]

SK Telecom Completes Deployment of LTE-R for Busan Subway

SK Telecom Completes Deployment of LTE-R for Busan Subway

Seoul, Korea, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today announced that it, together with Busan Transportation Corporation (BTC), has deployed the world’s first LTE-R, a standard for the next-generation railway communication system, on Busan Subway Line 1. Since entering a contract for the deployment of LTE-R with BTC in August 2015, SK Telecom [...]

Future of Kakao Talk is in AI

Future of Kakao Talk is in AI

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Local tech giant Kakao gave a little peak at the future of its flagship messenger Kakao Talk, suggesting that it will incorporate artificial intelligence to serve as a personal assistant.  “Kakao Talk will resemble a personal assistant who understands the user best and can assist in every endeavor,” wrote [...]

LG’s G6 to Feature Google’s Voice Assistant Service: Sources

LG’s G6 to Feature Google’s Voice Assistant Service: Sources

SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – LG Electronics Inc.’s upcoming G6 smartphones will come with Google Inc. voice assistant service, industry sources said Thursday, as the South Korean company struggles to compete against its rivals.  LG’s new flagship models — to be unveiled next month — will carry the U.S. tech giant’s artificial intelligence (AI) [...]