South Korea

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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