Seoul, Korea, June 12 (Korea Bizwire) – SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today announced that it concluded a contract to supply its Smart Appcessories* including Albert, a smart robot, and Smart Beam, a small-sized pico projector for all HDMI devices, to the Chinese market, signaling the company’s entry into the emerging ICT country.
※ Smart Appcessory: Newly coined word combining application and accessory. Appcessory means app-enabled peripheral devices that extend functions of smart devices including smart phones and tablet PCs.
At Mobile Asia Expo 2014 held in Shanghai on June 12, SK Telecom signed a contract to export 30,000 units of ‘Albert’, a smart robot, to JSD (SHANXI JIA SHI DA Robot Technology Co.Ltd), the No.1 distributer of domestic robots in China.
Pursuant to the contract, SK Telecom will first supply 6,000 units of Albert to JSD in 2014, followed by 8,000 units and 16,000 units in 2015 and 2016 consecutively.
JSD currently operates 45 offline stores across China and the number of the stores is expected to exceed 100 by the end of year. For Albert, JSD will secure about 100 dedicated personnel and run demonstration centers.
By mutually interacting with the robot, the user can efficiently learn through five senses and sensibility and multimedia effect of video/audio functions will make learning easier and interesting.
Using smartphones as its brain, Albert is easy to control. Also, it provides around 1,000 kinds of diverse contents including English learning content and entertaining functions suitable for children such as robot soccer.
At the signing ceremony, Cao Rui, Managing Director of JSD, said, “Signing this contract, the two companies will introduce the Korea’s leading ICT-applied smart robot to Chinese customers who have high expectations for their children’s education and I believe we can set the stage for infinite growth and ceaseless value creation for customers in China.”
SK Telecom sees this deal as evidence of global competitiveness of Albert in terms of its educational effectiveness and the company plans to focus on creating contents for the global market hoping to create a new ‘Korean ICT Wave’.
Meanwhile, last April, SK Telecom also concluded a contract with WanChang Group, a China-based distributor of IT products, to supply 10,000 units of Smart Beam, an ultra-mini pico projector for smartphones.
Cumulative sales of Smart Beam have reached as many as 80,000 units since its launch in September 2012 and it is also being sold at Korean Air and Asiana Air’s in-flight duty free shop as a premium IT product.
Moreover, as Smart Beam is globally recognized for distinctive competitiveness, SK Telecom exported around 8,000 units to seven different countries including Germany and Japan last year. Earlier this year, the company signed a sales contract with a Brazil’s biggest distributor of mobile devices to provide 5,000 units.
While Smart Beam is to be launched in China from June in line with the sales contract with WanChang Group, SK Telecom is also currently in talks with device distributors of other overseas markets such as Japan, the U.S. and Denmark. The company set its sales target to be 200,000 units for this year alone expecting sales of the product to dramatically grow. For the company, Smart Beam’s entry into China is especially meaningful as the country is a newly emerging ICT consumer market and therefore can further boost global growth of the product.
SK Telecom’s Smart Appcessories including Smart Beam and Albert could draw global attention as a result of the company’s efforts to create new customer value through convergence of smart devices and global expansion of multimedia content consumption with smartphones.
Park Chul-soon, Senior Vice President and Head of Convergence Business Office, said, “Smart Appcessory shows SK Telecom’s commitment to create new economic/industrial value and change customers’ lives by applying convergence technology to different smart devices and the company will maximize business performance of Smart Appcessory in China and other global markets thereby creating a new ‘Korean ICT Wave’.”
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 16.602 trillion in revenue in 2013. As the world’s first company to commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, SK Telecom launched the nation’s first LTE service in July 2011. 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. Backed by rapid nationwide deployment, a rich device lineup and diverse mobile value added services, the company secured over 14.77 million LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers as of March 2014. 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 www.sktelecom.com or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: SK Telecom