SKM stock is likely set to trend higher on February 7, 2022, on news the company is bringing an air taxi service to South Korea.
SKT and Joby Join Forces to Bring Air Taxi Service to South Korea
SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM), South Korea’s leading telecommunications company, and Joby Aviation (NYSE:JOBY, “Joby”), a California-based company developing an all-electric, five-seat aircraft that can take off and land vertically (eVTOL), today announced they will work together to introduce emissions-free aerial ridesharing services to cities and communities across South Korea.
SKT’s CEO Ryu Young-sang and Joby’s founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt signed a strategic collaboration agreement at Joby’s manufacturing facility in Marina, California. The agreement will see the two companies work closely on introducing this revolutionary form of transportation in support of the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport’s “K-UAM” (Korean Urban Air Mobility) Roadmap, first announced in 2020.
With a maximum range of 150 miles (241 kilometers), a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h), and a low noise profile that will allow it to access built-up areas, Joby’s piloted aircraft is designed to make convenient, emissions-free air travel an everyday reality.
SKT has been promoting the development of urban air mobility by leveraging its expertise in telecommunications, autonomous driving, precise positioning, and security to become a leading company in connected intelligence. As a member of the “UAM Team Korea”, SKT is also working together with other major Korean companies to enhance the nation’s competitiveness in the field.
The partners intend to leverage SK’s T Map mobility platform, Korea’s largest mobility platform, and UT ride hailing service to provide multi-modal journeys to customers seamlessly integrating both ground and air travel. UT was established as a joint venture between SKT and Uber in 2021, bringing together SK’s T Map platform and Uber’s ride sharing technology. Joby and Uber have been collaborating since 2019.
“By joining forces with Joby, a global leader in this field, we expect to accelerate our journey towards the era of Urban Air Mobility and lead the way on introducing this exciting new technology,” said Ryu Young-sang, CEO of SKT.
“Collaborating with leading global companies is essential to securing leadership in future industries, which we are confident will be driven by the growth of UAM, autonomous driving, and robots.”
Joby has spent more than a decade developing the technology behind its aircraft, completing more than 1,000 test flights and becoming the first, and only, eVTOL company to sign a G-1 (stage 4) Certification Basis for their aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Commenting on the partnership and the opportunity presented by the South Korean market, JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the team at SKT who bring a wealth of relevant experience and technology to the table.
“With more than 42 million people living in urban areas, South Korea offers a remarkable opportunity for Joby to make air travel a part of daily life, helping people to save time while reducing their carbon footprint.”
While Joby’s aerial ridesharing service will be operated directly by the company and offered to passengers via the Joby app or the Uber app in core U.S. markets, this announcement reflects Joby’s strategy to partner with local companies committed to delivering exceptional customer service and operational excellence to launch its service in select markets outside the U.S.
📉 SKM Stock Technical Analysis
The short-term trend is negative, as is the long-term trend. SKM is part of the Wireless Telecommunication Services industry. There are 25 other stocks in this industry, of which 84% are performing better than SKM. SKM is currently trading near the lower end of its 52-week range, which is not a good sign. The S&P500 Index is trading in the upper part of its 52-week range, so SKM is lagging the market.
There is a support zone ranging from 25.82 to 26.20. This zone is formed by a combination of multiple trend lines and important moving averages in multiple time frames. There is also support at 25.21 from a horizontal line in the weekly time frame.
There is a resistance zone ranging from 26.22 to 26.70. This zone is formed by a combination of multiple trend lines and important moving averages in multiple time frames. There is resistance at 44.93 from a trend line in the daily time frame. There is a resistance zone ranging from 49.20 to 50.54. This zone is formed by a combination of multiple trend lines in multiple time frames.
Although the technical rating is bad, SKM does present a nice setup opportunity. Prices have been consolidating lately and the volatility has been reduced. SKM stock has a Setup Rating of 8 out of 10. There is a support zone below the current price at 26.2, a Stop Loss order could be placed below this zone.