South Korea

SK Telecom signs deals to improve LTE-A coverage and performance

South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced two deals with European kit vendors as it looks to expand and develop its network services. The operator has expanded its LTE-Advanced service across South Korea using equipment supplied by Ericsson and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German radio test and measurement equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz to develop next-generation antenna technologies.

SK Telecom launches commercial LTE Advanced service

South Korean operator SK Telecom has launched what it says is the world’s first commercially available LTE-Advanced service. The operator said it is offering LTE-Advanced at standard LTE prices.

SK Telecom notches up 4.5 million VoLTE users

South Korea Telecom, one of the first operators worldwide to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) services, had more than 4.5 million active users of the technology at the end of May.

KT launches cloud offering

South Korean operator KT Corporation is launching a cloud computing offering in Japan this week, in conjunction with Softbank.The new offering, which will operate on a datacentre in Korea, exploits a growing market for overseas storage in Japan, where an increasing number of enterprises have, since the devastating earthquake in 2011, looked to neighbouring South Korea for the opportunity to minimise their data storage risk.

SKT strikes LTE roaming deal with Globe

South Korea’s SK Telecom has signed an LTE data roaming deal with Globe Telecom, the second placed operator in the Philippines. The two will begin roaming services on April 1st. SK also announced that it will launch quad-band LTE devices that function on networks at 850, 1800, 2100 and 2600MHz in the second quarter of this year, although it did not reveal which vendor would supply the devices.

Operators to invest as Korean LTE users want more

South Korean mobile subscribers are unsatisfied with the geographical coverage of the nation’s LTE network according to a study conducted by the national regulator, the KCC. While their discontent reflects positively on the performance of the technology where it is available it raises questions about deployment strategies that prioritise certain areas over others.

Mobile VoIP ruling a key moment for South Korean Net Neutrality

The decision by the Korean Communications Commission to allow mobile operators to charge subscribers for accessing mobile voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services from “over the top” providers, such as Kakao Talk, is a defining moment in the country’s net-neutrality debate.

Russia escapes broadband crunch as others falter

While many markets around the world have seen lower than expected growth over the past three years in terms of broadband adoption, Russia has bucked the trend by posting big growth figures, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

Samsung flicks the switch on LG U+ LTE network

Korean vendor Samsung Electronics has deployed an LTE network for LG U+, the South Korean network operator. The service went live on 1 July, the same day that rival local carrier SK Telecom, also launched a Samsung powered network.

SK Telecom fires up South Korean LTE network

SK Telecom has launched the first commercial network LTE network in South Korea with the service going live today, 1 July 2011. The network uses 800MHz spectrum using 5MHz of bandwidth, doubling to 10MHz by the fourth quarter of 2011. The network in Seoul comprises of 1,172 Radio Units that act as antennas and 609 Digital Units that handle data. It will also be boosted by the use of one million 800MHz repeaters for seamless coverage across the city and SK Telecom said it will deliver a maximum downlink speed of 37.5Mbps.

SK Telecom eyes LTE-A in 2013

South Korean carrier SK Telecom this week held a demonstration of LTE technology ahead of a planned commercial launch in July, announcing its intention to upgrade to LTE-Advanced during 2013.

KMI licence application rejected for second time

South Korea’s telecoms regulator KCC has kicked would-be operator Korea Mobile Internet’s (KMI) licence application into touch for a second time following the latter’s failure to achieve the minimum requirements to secure the licence.

NSN opens Smart Lab in Korea

Nokia Siemens Networks announced plans to set up a ‘Smart Lab’ in Seoul, South Korea, focused on developing smart device-optimised applications, services and networks. The lab will explore the potential of wireless broadband technologies for delivering a superior end-user experience. The lab is expected to open in the first quarter of 2011.

Ericsson sets up 4G lab in South Korea

Swedish kit vendor Ericsson said Monday it has struck a deal with the South Korean government to set up a 4G research and development facility in one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries.

WiBro boost through KT/KTF merger?

After months of speculation, KT (Korea Telecom) has finally said it will merge with its mobile operator subsidiary, KTF (Korea Telecom FreeTel). By bringing the two companies together (KT already owns 54.3 percent of KTF), it opens the door for more fixed and mobile bundled packages, which many analysts see as essential for KT (the […]

KT plots path for WiBro growth

Korea’s fixed-line incumbent is looking to discounted bundled offers, increased network coverage, more devices and Wave 2.0 kit to spur WiBro take-up.

Head of KTF busted

The head of South Korean operator KTF stepped down this week after being arrested on bribery charges. Local press reports that Young-Chu Cho is alleged to have received payments amounting to more than $2m from equipment suppliers. A replacement chief executive is expected to be announced imminently. Mobile carrier KT Freetel is the second largest […]

South Korea: Seoul searching

Arguably the most advanced mobile market in the world, South Korea is set for more groundbreaking changes in 2008.

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