SK Telecom, Vodafone in LTE talks

South Korean telco hopes to export its mobile data traffic management technology to U.K. carrier as latter moves into LTE migration, says report.

South Korea's SK Telecom is in discussions with U.K's Vodafone to export its long-term evolution (LTE) technologies overseas, as well as strengthen global alliances with other telcos.

The Korea Times reported on Wednesday that both carriers are currently in talks for Vodafone to adopt the Korean company's Smart Push technology as part of the latter's migration to LTE. The technology is said to enable the smooth use of social networking services and messaging by facilitating large amounts of data traffic on smartphones and tablets, it added.

"Collaboration with Vodafone will be strengthened as it has keen interest in using the SK technology amid its migration into data-intensive LTE," an unnamed executive from the Korean telco said in the report.

Vodafone executives, who manage corporate network-related strategies, reportedly met SK Telecom executives in February and tentatively agreed to forge a close partnership on Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, The Korea Times said. 

The U.K. telco is not the only one considering SK Telecom's LTE technology. French telco SFR had also approached the Korean company to look into the latter's technologies before it enters into a partnership, the report added.