Mobile carriers’ investment up 20 pct in 2011

South Korean mobile carriers’ investment rose 20 percent in 2011 from a year earlier mainly on increased spending to build high-speed long-term evolution (LTE) networks, the telecommunications watchdog said Thursday.

The three mobile carriers including top player SK Telecom Co. spent 7.67 trillion won (US$6.86 billion) on investment in 2011, compared with 6.4 trillion won a year earlier, according to the Korea Communications Commission (KCC).

The watchdog said that local mobile carriers spent more money last year to cope with growing demand for wireless services and brace for the impact from newly launched LTE services.  SK Telecom and LG Uplus Corp., the country’s smallest mobile carrier, launched their LTE services last July to meet subscribers’ increasing demand for accessing data at a faster pace.

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