0
Mobile & Wireless

SK Telecom launches first LTE-A services

Wednesday 26 June 2013 | 08:43 CET | News

Korea's SK Telecom has launched the world's first commercial LTE-Advanced network, along with the first phone running the faster network technology, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A. Customers will have access free based on their existing data plans, and the service will initially be available in central areas of Seoul and 42 cities in Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong-do, as well as 103 university areas. SK plans to expand the service with seven supporting smartphones by the end of this year and reach 84 cities covered. 

The network offers up to 150 Mbps, double the speed of the existing LTE network. It employs carrier aggregation and coordinated multi point technology to enhance coverage and bandwidth, and SK plans to add enhanced inter-cell interference coordination next year. 

The first LTE-A phone will be available in red exclusively to SK, and the carrier has ordered an initial 20,000 units. Samsung said LG Uplus also plans to offer the phone in blue, and Qualcomm announced KT will also carry the phone. The device features the new Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm, as well as a 2,600 mAh battery, 5.0-inch full HD screen, 13 megapixel camera, Android 4.2 and 32 GB internal storage. 

The faster speeds on LTE-A are expected to support SK's popular content services. New additions will include a group calling service for up to four users, based on the 3G videoconferencing service but with better video and audio quality, and full HD (1080p resolution) over the Btv mobile video streaming service (550,000 subscribers) from early July. The company will also launch 'T Baseball Multiview,' to enable users to watch two different games on one screen in July. T Baseball is a free baseball broadcast service optimized to the LTE network. Launched in August 2012, the service has 1.1 million users. 

In addition, SK Telecom plans to launch 'T Freemium 2.0,' an upgrade of its free multimedia content package with TV shows, music videos and sports highlights and introduce in August an HD video-based shopping service with six channels on one screen. Also, SK Telecom's music portal MelOn opened a new service category to allow users to listen to original CD quality music by downloading FLAC files. 

To further boost content creation, SK Telecom will hold the contest 'LTE-A i.con' to support applications optimized for the LTE-A network.


Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: KT / LG Uplus / Qualcomm / Samsung / SK Telecom
Countries: Korea, Republic of
::: add a comment

Comments

Looking for some more details on this
Shanthi Ravindran @ 26/12/2013 - 11:12


Add comment

We welcome comments that add value to the discussion. We attempt to block comments that use offensive language or appear to be spam, and our editors frequently review the comments to ensure they are appropriate. If you see a comment that you believe is inappropriate to the discussion, you can bring it to our attention by using the report abuse links. As the comments are written and submitted by visitors of the Telecompaper website, they in no way represent the opinion of Telecompaper.






53%
of mobile telephone advertisements is on a Samsung handset (gross spendings)
Netherlands  |  2014 Q1, Q2, Q3

Calendar   /   Industry Events

31 Oct TDC Q3 2014
31 Oct Sony fiscal Q2
31 Oct KDDI fiscal Q2
31 Oct NTT Docomo fiscal Q2
31 Oct HTC Q3 2014
31 Oct Ntelos Q3 2014
03 Nov Redline Communications Q3 2014
03 Nov Crexendo Q3 2014
03 Nov AIS Q3 2014
03 Nov Sprint Q3 2014
03 Nov TelecityGroup Q2 FY2014/15
03 Nov Earthlink Q3 2014
03 Nov Ruckus Wireless Q3 2014
03 Nov DSP Group Q3 2014
03 Nov MVNO Networking Congress
03 Nov RAN World
04 Nov Frontier Communications Q3 2014
04 Nov Com Hem Q3 2014
04 Nov Softbank fiscal Q2
04 Nov Motorola Solutions Q3 2014
04 Nov DISH Network Q3 2014
04 Nov IP Packet Optical Convergence
04 Nov TV Connect MENA
04 Nov CEM World Congress
05 Nov Sierra Wireless Q3 2014
05 Nov Level 3 Q3 2014
05 Nov Fairpoint Communications Q3 2014
05 Nov Liberty Global Q3 2014
05 Nov AVG Technologies Q3 2014
05 Nov Ixia Q3 2014
::: More Calendar Items