Thursday, July 18, 2013

South Korea's LG U + Launches LTE-Advanced

South Korea's LG U + officially launched its LTE-Advanced service, promising download speeds of 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps -- roughly twice the performance of its standard LTE service.

The LTE-A network is using carrier aggregation of 800 MHz and 2.1 GHz spectrum.  Compatible handset initially include a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and soon the LG Electornics Optimus G2.  By the end of the year, the company expects there will be six LTE-A terminal devices on the market.


  • LG U+ said its network will offer pure LTE connectivity between compatible handsets, where voice is carried by VoLTE rather than falling back to CDMA.
  • LTE-A is initially available in Seoul / Manila / Gwangju, Daejeon and other major cities.
  • LG U+ vendors include LG, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung.


http://www.uplus.co.kr/com/cpif/lgin/lgns/RetrieveComNewsListView.hpi?cntnsSrlno=454083#


  • In late June 2013, SK Telecom launched the world's first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service through smartphones. The LTE-A service offers download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, which is two times faster than its regular LTE service, and 10 times faster than its 3G network. LTE-A coverage initially is available in Seoul and central city areas of Gyeongg-do and Chungcheong-do.  Expansion to 84 cities nationwide is planned.  At top speed, LTE-A users can download an 800MB movie in just 43 seconds.  The LTE-A implementation leverages several advanced mobile network technologies including Carrier Aggregation (CA) and Coordinated Multi Point (CoMP). SK Telecom plans to implement Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) in 2014.

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