Carriers see savior in LTE-Advanced

Although mobile carriers have heavily invested in and are promoting long-term evolution (LTE), they are already preparing to offer an upgraded connection called LTE-Advanced. According to industry officials Tuesday, the double woes of a ban on signing up new customers imposed by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) on SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus for giving illegal subsidies and a stalling subscription rate are forcing the firms to launch LTE-Advanced quicker than expected.

The upgraded version boasts a download speed of up to 150 megabytes per second, double that of the current LTE’s speed of 75.

Though the carriers have touted LTE as being a fourth-generation (4G) service it does not meet the International Telecommunication Union’s 4G standard of 100 megabytes per second. Considering that the current LTE averages are between 30 to 70 megabytes per second, LTE-Advanced, should be truly, 4G.

For full article, see Korea Times.