Korean LTE Handsets in 2010?

12:45 PM But Qualcomm isn't expected to deliver until later

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

April 10, 2009

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Korean LTE Handsets in 2010?

12:45 PM -- South Korean site DigiTimes is reporting that domestic vendors LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) may be among the first to deliver Long-Term Evolution (LTE) handsets, sometime in 2010.

The companies have been working on LTE modems for a while now. LG even showed off a modem at Mobile World Congress this year, promising that its chip "can achieve wireless download speeds of 60 Mbit/s and upload speeds of 20 Mbit/s." (See Gearing Up for LTE.)

Technology, as ever though, is a game of two sides, and even as LTE out of Korea seems to be advancing, Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) might be lagging slightly.

Our sister publication, EE Times Europe, has written up a report based a research note from Deutsche Bank AG that says that Qualcomm may not have chipsets for LTE PC cards available until 2010, and silicon for mobile phones will only sample in the middle of that year, which could mean another year or more before they turn up in commercial handsets.

None of this should be a huge surprise to Unstrung readers, however. We reported back in March that general availability of LTE handsets could be expected to lag the deployment of commercial networks in 2010 by at least a year and very likely more. (See LTE Phones Will Lag Behind Networks .)— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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