SK Dropping WiMax for LTE

WiMax has reached the end of the line at SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM), according to reports this morning.

Korea's largest carrier announced its Long Term Evolution (LTE) strategy today, saying it plans to launch commercial LTE services in Seoul in the third quarter. Telecoms Korea quotes the company saying it's capping investment in WiBro (Korea's spin on WiMax). The new plan is for LTE coverage to go nationwide in 2013, an investment SK has previously implied would cost 3 trillion won (US$2.7 billion).

Why this matters
Another nail in the WiMax coffin? SK's size and its early eagerness to deploy WiMax make it a big ally for the technology to lose. It's becoming evident that LTE and Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) will be the true 4G winners.

For more
Here's more about SK's announcement, as well as recent news related to WiMax (and a bit about Japan's XGP standard).

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 5:15:29 PM
re: SK Dropping WiMax for LTE

Isn't Wibro not just a spin of WiMax, but the precursor to WiMax? ...sort of the way that WiMax is a precursor to mobile WiMax, which is a precursor to LTE?


Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:15:28 PM
re: SK Dropping WiMax for LTE

I was thinking WiMax came first, followed by WiBro (because Korea didn't want to wait for standardized mobile WiMax), then mobile WiMax.  But I could be wrong.

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