KT Builds LTE Small Cell Network

South Korean operator taps Mindspeed for LTE-optimized small cells, Light Reading Mobile has learned

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

February 26, 2012

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KT Builds LTE Small Cell Network

BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2012 -- KT Corp. plans to announce the first Long Term Evolution (LTE) small cell deployment on Monday at Mobile World Congress, Light Reading Mobile has learned.

The service provider will build out LTE-optimized small cells to complement its 4G rollout, according to a source familiar with the company's plans. Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD), which specializes in LTE chipsets for small cells and which recently acquired femtocell chip vendor picoChip, will be powering the small cells for the deployment. (See Mindspeed Snaps Up Picochip for $51.8M.)

While most operators are looking at multi-mode 3G/4G small cells, KT is building out a pure LTE architecture and working on shutting down its 2G CDMA network to refarm the spectrum for LTE. After some delays, the carrier first launched its 4G network at the beginning of the year in five districts in the highly competitive South Korean market. (See KT Picks NSN for LTE, KT Unveils LTE Timetable and Asia/Pac Will Be LTE World Leader .)

It's not the only small-cell development for Mindspeed at MWC. The chipset vendor also supplies the 3G component of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s lightRadio small cells for Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) here in Barcelona. (See AlcaLu lightRadios Go Live at MWC .)

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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