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SK Telecom Adds 300K LTE-Advanced Subs

Says it will add 32,000 base stations, new pricing and services as it continues to grow its advanced 4G network

Sarah Thomas

July 30, 2013

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SK Telecom Adds 300K LTE-Advanced Subs

Just over a month after flipping the switch on its LTE-Advanced network, SK Telecom has already signed up 300,000 customers for the service and made plans to deploy 32,000 additional base stations to expand its footprint.

The Korean operator went live with LTE-Advanced, boasting the world's first network to support the latest 4G release with carrier aggregation, at the end of June. The network now covers the entire Seoul area and the central areas of 84 cities in the region, up from an initial 42 cities, with dwnlink peak speeds of 150 Mbit/s. The additional base stations will help SK Telecom reach 300 universities, up from 103 at launch. (See SK Telecom Debuts LTE-Advanced.)

It launched LTE-Advanced with one compatible smartphone, the Samsung Corp. Galaxy S4 LTE-A, and its traditional 4G pricing plans but is now prepping new pricing plans and services to run on the zippier network. Some of the services will include a push into new enterprise verticals such as healthcare and media. The carrier has also promised seven total LTE-A smartphones before the end of the year.

SK Telecom provided updated details on its LTE-A services as part of its second quarter earnings in which its LTE leadership paid off. The Korean operator reported a second-quarter profit of 468 billion won (US$420 million), nearly quadruple the 121 billion won it reported last year. It ended the quarter with 11 million LTE subscribers, making up more than 40 percent of its total mobile customer base.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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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