SK Telecom and CAT Telecom to build LoRa IoT networks in Bangkok and Phuket

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Sanpachai Huvanandana, CEO of CAT Telecom (second from left) and Cha In-hyok, EVP and Head of IoT Business Division of SK Telecom (third from left). Source: SK Telecom

SK Telecom has signed a contract with Thai state-owned telco CAT Telecom to deploy low-power wide area (LPWA) IoT networks using the LoRA technology standard.

Under the contract, SK Telecom and CAT will deploy LoRa networks in central areas of Bangkok and the entire Phuket Province, and provide Thai residents and visitors with diverse IoT services from April this year.

In Phuket, SK Telecom and CAT Telecom will first launch LoRa-based vehicle location tracking service, and roll out more IoT services including smart metering and smart street lighting services going forward. At present,

The Thai Government is currently focusing on Phuket as its first smart city project as part of its digital economy policy.

The two telcos will also roll out LoRa WANs in central areas of Bangkok, including the Grand Palace, to offer an IoT-based location tracking service for tourists. In particular, the service is aimed at preventing people – especially children and the elderly – from going missing near the Grand Palace.

Cha In-hyok, executive VP and Head of SK Telecom’s IoT Business Division, said SK Telecom will collaborate with CAT Telecom in more areas “to create more success stories in Thailand and other Southeast Asian markets.”

Speaking of which, SK Telecom, CAT Telecom and Korea-based payment gateway business NHN KCP, also announced that Tree Pay, a joint venture established by the three companies, has launched its first payment gateway service in Thailand.

“As the first joint venture formed with overseas companies, Tree Pay offers differentiated services by combining the strength of the three companies,” said Suvicha Nalita, CEO of Tree Pay. “I am confident that Tree Pay will become a leading player in the Thai e-payment market, which is growing at a remarkable pace today.”

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