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.
Here's more about SK's announcement, as well as recent news related to WiMax (and a bit about Japan's XGP standard).
- SK Telecom Picks LTE
- SK Telecom To Bring LTE 4G Mobile Data to Seoul (The Register)
- SK To Launch LTE in July, Dropping Mobile WiMax (Telecoms Korea)
- SK Telecom Talks to LightSquared
- Xplornet Plots Canadian 4G Network With Tellabs
- Sprint Shifts to Next WiMax Phone
- Vendors Invest in Softbank Wireless Broadband
- Sprint Squelches Clearwire Acquisition Talk
- WiMax Means Business
- Clearwire Grabs $1.1B in Debt Funding
- Going WiMax to LTE Down Under
- WiMax Operator Issues LTE RFP
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading