SK Telecom claims first commercial 2G/3G over LTE

SK Telecom claims first 2G/3G over LTE

South Korean telco SK Telecom has announced the launch of what it claims is the world’s first commercialised 2G/3G over LTE technology, enabling 2G and 3G services through LTE network. The operator said it expects the technology to improve service stability, and enhance network building and operation capabilities.

Korea change


This week presented a change of scenery for the Informer, who fled the glorious British summer into the typhoon-soaked arms of Seoul, South Korea, the home of LTE speeds so fast that your phone downloads stuff before you even know you want it.

Korea’s KT launches LTE broadcast service

KT has announced the commercial launch of its LTE eMBMS service

South Korean operator KT has announced the commercial launch of its evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS), to be made available to KT’s LTE subscribers using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

CTO, SK Telecom: “LTE has become the global mainstream service.”

Dr J W Byun, the CTO of SK Telecom

Following the successful LTE Awards 2013, we speak to Jae W. Byun, CTO of SK Telecom, regarding the company’s award for winning the ‘Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network’ award.

EE launches shared data plans


The UK’s first LTE operator, EE, has announced the availability of shared pricing plans for its LTE customers. The plans, which will become available July 17th, were announced as EE switched on what it is calling “double speed LTE”.

President, Network Group, Korea Telecom: “Carrier aggregation will enable us to compete with wired broadband”

Seong-Mook Oh, President, Network Group, Korea Telecom

Seong-Mook Oh, President, Network Group, Korea Telecom, South Korea is delivering an opening keynote speech on Day Two of the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we get a comprehensive update on KT’s cutting-edge LTE deployment and why its CCC architecture brings it a competitive advantage.

KT Korea pushes NFC SIMs to drive contactless transactions

KT Korea has purchased 500,000 NFC SIM cards from Morpho

South Korean operator group KT Korea has purchased 500,000 NFC-LTE SIMs in a bid to stimulate adoption of contactless payment services among its user base. The operator said that the SIM will enable its customers to use their smartphones to pay for transit fares or to retail products at 200,000 contactless terminals.

Senior vice president, SK Telecom, Korea: “Focusing on the customer experience will be crucial to differentiate RCS services from OTT.”

Dr. Choi, Jin-sung, is senior vice president and head of technology strategy office for SK Telecom, Korea

Dr. Choi, Jin-sung, is senior vice president and head of technology strategy office for SK Telecom, Korea. He is speaking at the CxO operator panel discussion on the opening day of the LTE Asia conference 2012, taking place on the 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. He is also speaking on Day Two about VoLTE, and ahead of the conference we catch up with him to learn more about SK Telekom’s progress on this important LTE technology.

Director KT, Korea: “Small cells for LTE could be the key”

Denny Kim, director of KT, Korea

Denny Kim, director of KT, the second largest operator in Korea, is speaking on Day Two of the LTE Asia 2012 conference taking place on 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. We get his views on the importance of small cells and how he envisions monetising LTE.

It’s War: KT cuts off Samsung’s OTT content

Samsung is seeking a ban on the import of Apple products into the US

Somewhat ironically I had only just returned home from the Content Delivery Networks Asia 2012 conference in Hong Kong – where telco CDN’s were touted as the solution to the great telco versus OTT battle – when I read that Korean market giant KT had decided to cut off access for OTT content for Samsung’s connected TV’s using its broadband network.

SK Telecom sets July launch date for LTE

SK's initial deployment will be in Seoul

South Korea’s leading mobile operator, SK Telecom, has announced that it will launch commercial LTE services in July of this year, with Nokia Siemens Networks supplying the infrastructure and related services.

Intel, KT push WiMAX out in Korea

KT will expand its WiBro service to five new cities in Korea

Second placed South Korean operator KT has expanded its collaboration with US vendor Intel to drive the adoption of the country’s homegrown WiMAX technology, known as WiBro. As part of the venture, Intel will stump up investment funds and help expand network rollout to five new cities.

North Korea gets 3G up and running

Egypt’s Orascom Telecom has revealed that it has successfully trialled WCMDA 3G services inside the so called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The company, which won a contract through its subsidiary, Cheo Technology, won a licence to deploy a cellular network earlier this year, bringing the first official, commercial 3G mobile services to the country. [...]