SK Telecom’s LTE-A Hits 150,000 Subs In Two Weeks
The South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it has attracted more than 150,000 customers to its Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network, just 14 days after it was launched. The high speed 4G service is now available in Seoul and 43 other major cities, which means one new market has been added since the launch on 26 June. Looking ahead, the operator has said it expects the network footprint to be expanded to a total of 84 cities across the country, although it has not laid out a specific timetable for this, only saying it will happen ‘gradually’. SK Telecom says the LTE-A system is over ten times faster than 3G networks, offering peak data transmission speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Meanwhile, rival operator LG U plus has announced that it plans to introduce its own LTE-A service later this month. The firm says its network will be commercialized in Seoul and other major cities, with expansions continuing to other regions of the country by end-2013.