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LG Uplus launches LTE network in South Korea
02 April 2012
South Korean operator LG Uplus to offer LTE service across 86 cities covering 99.9% of population
LG Uplus has launched
a network to offer LTE service in 86 cities across South Korea, claiming to
cover 99.9% of the country’s population, according to local reports. The
network will enable subscribers to download data and make high quality phone
calls regardless of their location, reported Korea JoongAng Daily.
LG Uplus – formerly LG Telecom – has invested
more than 1.25 trillion South Korean won ($1.1 billion) in the network.
Lee Sang-chul, vice chairman of LG Uplus said: “We aim to become the number one
in LTE with quality service and we believe that will help us become number one
among mobile service carriers.”
Rival operators SK Telecom and KT are expected to
launch LTE networks across 84 cities soon. LG Uplus and SK currently use 800
megahertz, and KT uses 1.8 gigahertz spectrum. According to the report, SK
Telecom leads the market with 1.73 million LTE service subscribers, followed by
LG Uplus with 1.46 million and KT with 400,000. GTB
The South Korean operator intends to unveil a separate LTE network in October using
high quality 2.1 gigahertz spectrum it acquired in a July 2011 auction to meet
growing demand from users of LTE-enabled smartphones, said the report.