SK Telecom expands LTE-Advanced service

SK Telecom, South Korea’s leading telecommunications operator is expanding its LTE-Advanced commercial service network, via its local entity Ericsson-LG.

The company is providing LTE-Adavnced service to downtown areas of 84 cities nationwide, including the entire Seoul metropolitan area and six other major cities.

SK Telecom commercialized its LTE-Advanced service with up to 150 Mbps mobile broadband speeds, twice that of LTE, for the first time in the world on June 26, 2013. At that time, the service included the entire Seoul area, the downtowns of 42 cities in Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong-do provinces, and 103 campus towns.

With a plan to deploy 32,000 LTE-Advanced base stations by the end of the year, SK Telecom announced that it will expand LTE-Advanced service areas to 84 cities nationwide and start its LTE-Advanced service on approximately 300 college campuses.

Jan Signell, head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, said, “We are proud to power SK Telecom’s LTE-Advanced network, which now covers major areas of the nation. SK Telecom will be able to offer its users broader network coverage and an enhanced mobile broadband experience, ensuring continued loyalty among its customers and market leadership. Ericsson will keep collaborating with SK Telecom to exceed increasing user expectations in South Korea.”

Ericsson was responsible for the upgrade, providing the software for Carrier Aggregation and multi-carrier technology for the B5 (850 MHz) and B3 (1.8 GHz) bands in South Korea’s southeastern regions, where Ericsson partnered with SK Telecom for the LTE network deployment and commercial service launch in 2011.

Through LTE-Advanced commercial service expansion, SK Telecom can continue to differentiate itself on service quality, enabling high-speed mobile broadband services, such as HD video and better voice quality to a broader geographical area.

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