South Korean operator SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above. The operator has announced three tariffs that offer unlimited LTE data, voice calls and SMS messages.
South Korea was the inevitable location for the first demonstration of a new ‘Elastic Cell’ technology that allows multiple cells to serve a handset simultaneously, thus improving performance at the cell boundary. This technology is likely to contribute to the eventual 5G standard.
Handset and electronics manufacturer LG has launched a range of smart home appliances in its domestic market of South Korea in a bid to steal a march in the connected home sector.
South Korean LTE pioneer SK Telecom has demonstrated a virtualiased Evolved Packet Core proof-of-concept implementation. Teaming up with infrastructure vendor NSN the operator showed successful results for capacity scaling for both throughput and signalling traffic in connection with smartphone usage patterns.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has teamed up with chip vendor Intel to cooperate on the development of a virtualised base station (vRAN) that can load and reconfigure all software functions in a general purpose server.
South Korean LTE pioneer SK Telecom this week completed lab tests of NSN’s Liquid Applications technology over LTE, enabling the carrier to deliver media-rich services and content directly from the base station.
A recent benchmark test carried out by consultancy Signals Research yielded some impressive results for LTE-Advanced technology carrier aggregation, allowing South Korean operators to deliver consistent peaks in excess of 100Mbps and average downlink speeds of 62Mbps.
South Korea is one of the world’s most advanced mobile markets, with all three operators running LTE and the race to LTE-A already underway. It serves as an interesting pilot for the promises and pitfalls many other operators will experience in the future.
South Korean carrier SK Telecom has been granted access to 35MHz of bandwidth in the 1800MHz frequency range, allowing the LTE-Advanced early adopter to enhance its services with faster downlink speeds.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced two deals with European kit vendors as it looks to expand and develop its network services. The operator has expanded its LTE-Advanced service across South Korea using equipment supplied by Ericsson and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German radio test and measurement equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz to develop next-generation antenna technologies.
SK Telecom appears to be leading the charge in terms of international LTE roaming, having extended its 4G connection services to Canada and Switzerland.
Swisscom claims to have performed the world’s first intercontinental LTE roaming connection between Europe and Asia, having opened up roaming services with South Korea.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has launched what it says is the world’s first commercially available LTE-Advanced service. The operator said it is offering LTE-Advanced at standard LTE prices.
South Korea Telecom, one of the first operators worldwide to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE) services, had more than 4.5 million active users of the technology at the end of May.
South Korean operator KT Corporation is launching a cloud computing offering in Japan this week, in conjunction with Softbank.The new offering, which will operate on a datacentre in Korea, exploits a growing market for overseas storage in Japan, where an increasing number of enterprises have, since the devastating earthquake in 2011, looked to neighbouring South Korea for the opportunity to minimise their data storage risk.
CTO, SK Telecom, South Korea: “SDN and network virtualisation hold great promise for mobile carriers”
Dr J W Byun, the CTO of SK Telecom, South Korea is speaking on Day One of the LTE World Summit, taking place on 24-26 June 2013 at The RAI, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how SK Telecom has been able to extend its global lead in LTE and gives some insights into what he sees coming down the line for telecoms.
South Korea’s SK Telecom has signed an LTE data roaming deal with Globe Telecom, the second placed operator in the Philippines. The two will begin roaming services on April 1st. SK also announced that it will launch quad-band LTE devices that function on networks at 850, 1800, 2100 and 2600MHz in the second quarter of this year, although it did not reveal which vendor would supply the devices.
Almost twelve months after Vodafone Spain became the first mobile operator to officially launch Joyn, South Korea’s SK Telecom has announced a fairly impressive one million users for its Joyn.T service, just 50 days after it was launched in December 2012.
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.