NTT Docomo Inc. announced Friday that it now has more than 15 million customers for its 'Xi' 4G service, which, it claims, delivers maximum downlink speeds of 112.5 Mbit/s. The Japanese operator, which launched its 4G service in December 2010, has added 5 million LTE customers in the past five months alone.
Docomo says it plans to introduce a commercial 150 Mbit/s downlink service in parts of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya this October, having just introduced a "pre-launch" version of the service. (See Docomo Preps 150MB 4G LTE.)
In South Korea, LTE-Advanced is the big talking point. SK Telecom signed up 300,000 users in the first month of its service, having switched on its LTE-Advanced network at the end of June. (See SK Telecom Adds 300K LTE-Advanced Subs.)
But it's not alone in offering the advanced service in South Korea. Rival LG Uplus (aka LG U+) launched its LTE-Advanced offer on July 18 with some help from its infrastructure partner Ericsson AB. (See this statement from the Swedish vendor.)
Excitement around LTE-Advanced is not restricted to the Asia/Pacific markets, though. Here are some other recent announcements about the next generation of mobile broadband.
- Euronews: Turkcell Boasts 900 Mbit/s 4G Test
- T-Mobile to Debut LTE-A 'Features' in 2013
- Telekom Austria Tests LTE-Advanced
- 3GPP Stands Firm on LTE-Advanced
- Verizon Ready for LTE Small-Cell Advance
- Carriers Are a Mixed Bag on LTE-Advanced
- Why You Should Care About LTE-Advanced (Eventually)
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading