03 August 2015
SK Telecom is set to launch what it claims will be the world’s first LTE-Maritime (LTE-M) network as part of a research project led by the country’s ministry of oceans and fisheries (MOF).
designed to enable high-speed mobile communications on ships
approximately 100km from the shore, and the technology is
expected to enhance the navigation safety of smaller ships with
poor inbuilt communications systems.
statement, SK Telecom said that it plans to deploy the test
network by May 2016 in the East Sea of Korea.
signals transmitted from a high-gain antenna located at
altitude in the eastern coast will be received by a LTE-M
router installed on a ship to be converted to Wifi," the
offshore antenna will be designed to withstand high-humidity,
strong winds and a salt-laden atmosphere.
"SK Telecom will successfully deploy LTE-M, a
high-speed maritime wireless communications network, by
leveraging its extensive expertise in communications
technology, and thereby contribute to the enhanced safety of
ships," concluded Choi Seung-won, head of SK
Telecom’s network strategy office.