Korea Telecom Forges Strategic Ties with MicrosoftKorea Telecom Co. has forged strategic ties with Microsoft (MS) of the United States.
The Korean telecommunications company announced on January 28 that it and Microsoft have concluded a memorandom of understanding to form strategic ties, in a bid to cooperate in Internet businesses.
According to the agreement, the Korean company can use Internet technology and contents owned by the U.S. partner, while Microsoft is able to use the high-speed telecommunication networks held by Korea Telecom.
Major Internet businesses which both sides seek to run include Internet information services such as an Internet portal site which will connect Korea Telecom's 'Hanmir' website and Microsoft's 'MSN' website, a variety of game sites featuring MS's online simulations, and a Web TV service which enables viewers to use the Internet via television.
In addition, netizens will be able to obtain direct access to the Internet by clicking an icon on MS's operating system, 'Windows', whenever they want to access the Internet, through a online service to be offered in the near future by the two sides.
Notably, the Internet access service provided by the alliance using new telecommunications technology will enable computer users to go directly into Korea Telecom and MS's joint website without subscribing to other online services.