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.
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.
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.
Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications giant, has announced a deal with Korean wireless service provider LG U+ to create a commercial LTE network. The agreement, made via Ericsson’s local Korean arm, LG-Ericsson, will enable LG U+ to operate existing CDMA services concurrently with new LTE services. The aim is then to transition fully to LTE as the network is rolled out.