South Korea

SK Telecom, Nokia in 5G cooperation deal

SK Telecom has announced it has entered into an agreement with Nokia to collaborate on developing 5G network technologies. The pact was sealed with a memorandum of understanding, a second such agreement between the Korean telco and the Finnish kit vendor.

SK Telecom and Ericsson demonstrate potential 5G tech

South Korea was the inevitable location for the first demonstration of a new ‘Elastic Cell’ technology that allows multiple cells to serve a handset simultaneously, thus improving performance at the cell boundary. This technology is likely to contribute to the eventual 5G standard.

SK Telecom offers unlimited LTE data to subscribers

South Korean operator SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above. The operator has announced three tariffs that offer unlimited LTE data, voice calls and SMS messages.

SK Telecom trials virtualised packet core

South Korean LTE pioneer SK Telecom has demonstrated a virtualiased Evolved Packet Core proof-of-concept implementation. Teaming up with infrastructure vendor NSN the operator showed successful results for capacity scaling for both throughput and signalling traffic in connection with smartphone usage patterns.

SK Telecom, Intel virtualise the base station

South Korean operator SK Telecom has teamed up with chip vendor Intel to cooperate on the development of a virtualised base station (vRAN) that can load and reconfigure all software functions in a general purpose server.

Carrier Aggregation study finds download peaks in excess of 100Mbps

A recent benchmark test carried out by consultancy Signals Research yielded some impressive results for LTE-Advanced technology carrier aggregation, allowing South Korean operators to deliver consistent peaks in excess of 100Mbps and average downlink speeds of 62Mbps.

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.

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