Combined with Earthlink, Helio is expected to offer a variety of advanced mobile devices, many of which are already available in Korea. These models would be refined and updated for use by tech-savvy American consumers, allowing for the first time handsets with functionalities previously unavailable in the U. In , SK Telecom began talks to purchase a stake in Sprint Nextel ,  however by it had backed away from the deal.
MMV designs, develops, implements, and supports mobile financial services solutions on a global scale. It is set up to incubate 11 startups at the same time, an currently is hosting three of them Etopus, N43, Pavilion Data.
S-Fone subscribers reached two million in April , a little over three years after its start. Subsidiaries[ edit ] SK Telecom has a number of subsidiaries that support its growth.
In , SK Communications expanded into new markets with an enhanced version of Korea's leading social networking site Cyworld. At home, NateOn is the leading messenger service with more than 13 million users as of TU Media, the nationwide satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting DMB service, is also making fast growth, attracting over one million subscribers in It provides local, domestic long-distance and international long-distance fixed-line telephone services to residential and commercial subscribers.
After acquiring Thrunet, Korea's second-rated broadband company in , Hanaro became a provider of broadband Internet access service and other Internet-related services, including video-on-demand and IPTV services. Its new businesses include platform business, business-to-business B2B solutions business, healthcare business. The company's Internet Protocol IP -based central exchange system provides Centrex functions internal calls, customer service numbers, etc. SK Communications Founded in as Lycos Korea,  SK Communications is the technology company responsible for some of the most successful internet tools and products in the Korean market.
After the company's takeover by SK Telecom, online portal Nate was launched and has since grown to be one of the most popular portals in Korea. The largest social media site in Korea, Cyworld has seen a sharp rise in its membership, with members reaching 20 million from 16 million in SK Communications also provides the top instant messaging service NateOn.
As of December , NateOn had 13 million users and led the local market. In , the Nate. Cyworld II also re-launched with Web 2. SK Communications is currently extending its online businesses into the global market. In addition, the company acquired a significant stake Business areas include digital contents , integrated commerce and marketing communication.
Its October launch marked the reorganization of T Store. As part of the integrated commerce strategy these services are being combined under the brand Syrup. SK Telink Founded in April as an international telephony service provider, SK Telink has grown into a major player in the international calling market. Building on the commercial long-distance telephony and value-added services launched in , the carrier began offering Korean text messaging in June in the U.
The service allows subscribers send and receive Korean text messages in the U. Subscribers can now view satellite TV broadcasts on their portable handsets or via vehicle-mounted terminals. As of December , subscribers to TU Media topped one million, up from , in Its nationwide DMB is available on 37 channels, consisting of 16 video, 20 audio and one data, and provides programs on education, games, drama, music, news and culture.
DMB broadcasts ended two years later as it became uncompetitive in the mobile TV market. SK Telecom acquired it from Vogo Fund in Unless an employee commits a crime more serious than imprisonment or an act in violation of ethical management of SK Telecom, employees are guaranteed to work until they reach the retirement age.