South Korea’s SK Telecom has taken the lead with the start of LTE-A service on 26 June and became the first player in Global Telecommunications history to launch LTE-A services, followed by LGU on 18th of July. The merit of LTE-A has been that it is mainly achieved through software upgrades (multi carrier and carrier aggregation) and hence precludes the necessity of major additional capital expenditure.
SK Telecom daily subscriber growth has picked up from 5,000-6,000 in June to 12,000 in July. SKT has thus far secured LTE-A 150,000 users. LGU has launched its LTE-A service on 18 July. Both operators Continue reading South Korea Mobile Data Usage Doubles, 4G LTE Data Usage Quadruples in a Year
At time when Indian Telcos are still struggling to upgrade their customers to 3G and designing strategies to offload 3G network traffic to Wi-Fi, Korean Telcos will finish deployment of LTE-A [150 mbps speed, ideally] by the end of this year and in the absence of 5G in near term, they expect mobile capex to continue to fall YoY. Around 60% of the total Korean wireless subscribers are expected to migrate to LTE by end 2013, and establish a more stable three-player market [SK Telecom, LGU and KT Corp]. In next phase of LTE competition (next 6–12 months), expect SKT to reap benefit of its dominant market share as LTE growth slows. KT Corp is also catching up in LTE market share & strong earnings growth of its non-telco businesses. Continue reading 60% Koreans to Upgrade to LTE – Telcos Deploy LTE-A Network