MobiledgeX and SK Telecom to Demonstrate the Next Generation of Connected Devices and Edge-Enabled Application Experiences at MWC

MobiledgeX and SK Telecom have moved from partnership announcement at the end of 2018 to demonstrating live edge-enabled applications, devices, and experiences in the SK Telecom booth at Mobile World Congress 2019

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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MobiledgeX, provider of mobile edge developer services, previously announced an agreement to partner with SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM), the largest mobile operator in South Korea, to enable a new generation of connected devices, content, and experiences, creating new business models and revenue opportunities leading into 5G.

Since the announcement, MobiledgeX and SK Telecom have been working closely together with both device makers and application developers and will demonstrate the results of the rapid collaboration in the SK Telecom booth at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) in Barcelona this February. 

“In the 5G era, Mobile Edge Computing will be a key technology for next-generation industries including realistic media and autonomous driving,” said Park Jong-kwan, Vice President and Head of 5GX Labs of SK Telecom.

The first demonstration is with 1000 realities, a leading augmented reality company that recently won the grand prix prize for best CESA IoT Startup, as well as for the best VR/AR startup held at the European VR/AR congress. The computational intensity of 1000 realities augmented reality glasses software requires a latency of less than 33 ms for operational viability, which is only possible when running on MobiledgeX and SK Telecom’s infrastructure. 1000 realities’ software helps industrial workers perform their day-to-day tasks by delivering relevant data depending on where they are and what they are looking at. Performance intense computer vision algorithms responsible for spatial mapping and positional tracking cannot be run on light, low computing smart glasses, especially if the smart glass user has to be localized on large scale industrial premises.

“Access to Edge is ‘make or break’ for our business to work and scale, without the need for an on-premise local data center,” says Piotr Wojcik, CEO, 1000 realities. “Access to existing mobile operator infrastructure and edge services via MobiledgeX allows us to seamlessly scale our business faster and without the need for additional effort.”

The demonstration shows the strength of operator collaboration in the future application enablement space. The 1000 realities application is already operational on Deutsche Telekom’s Network edge with the help of MobiledgeX and was seamlessly integrated into SK Telecom’s network. This is an example of a better, faster, more efficient business approach for both developers and mobile operators, a behavior that previously created the existing smartphone market.

“I am very pleased that we were able to move so rapidly from partnership to technical realization. The ability to show the strength and value of operator collaboration by rapidly deploying next-generation applications globally is very important as we build the global community in the new edge and 5G services space,” says Eric Braun, Chief Commercial Officer of MobiledgeX.

“Based on this partnership, SK Telecom will continue to drive technology innovations to provide customers with differentiated 5G services,” said Park Jong-kwan, Vice President and Head of 5GX Labs of SK Telecom.

About MobiledgeX: MobiledgeX is building a marketplace of edge resources and services that will connect developers with the world's largest mobile networks to power the next generation of applications and devices. MobiledgeX is an independent edge computing company founded by Deutsche Telekom and headquartered in San Francisco, California. More information on MobiledgeX can be found in our newsroom.

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About SK Telecom: SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea with nearly 50 percent of the market share. As the pioneer of all generations of mobile networks, the company has launched the fifth generation (5G) network on December 1, 2018. The company is not only leading innovations in the field of mobile network, but is also creating unprecedented value in areas such as media, security and commerce. In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, SK Telecom will inspire the world, building a future beyond expectations.

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About 1000 realities: 1000 realities is a leading augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) company focusing on building ARIA - a smart glass AR assistant for industrial workers. The unique software is based on remote SLAM - advanced computer vision algorithms that track where the users are and what they are looking at, in order to show them the data that are relevant in that particular context. ARIA has already won multiple awards, including best IoT startup at CESA 2018 and best VR/AR startup at the European VR/AR congress 2017.

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BLB Communications for MobiledgeX

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