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In December 1999, SK Telecom surpassed ten million subscriber mark, the following month, it launched the world’s first commercial CDMA2000 service.By the end of the year the carrier won a contract for asynchronous IMT-2000 (WCDMA) facility.Operating in Seoul in October, it is considered one of the world's earliest commercial CDMA networks.SK Group completed its takeover of KMTC in January 1997, as it became the world's sixth carrier to attain ten million subscriptions. (Hangul: SK텔레콤 or 에스케이텔레콤) (full name: Sunkyong Telecom) is a South Korean wireless telecommunications operator, it is part of the SK Group, one of the country's largest chaebols.SK Telecom is South Korea's largest wireless carrier, it leads the local market with 50.5 percent share as of 2008.
An agreement was signed with Israel's Pele-Phone in April to sell proprietary software that will operate on the carrier's existing CDMA network and future 1x-CDMA network.
In 2004, SK Telecom launched "Hanbyul," the world’s first DMB satellite.
TU Media, SK Telecom's digital media arm, handles DMB TV broadcasts.
Since its creation in 1984, the company has evolved from a first generation analog cellular system, to second generation CDMA, then to the world's first third-generation synchronized IMT-2000 cellular system.
SK Telecom also became the world’s first carrier to commercialize HSDPA in May 2006.