Seoul, Korea, Sept. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) today announced that the company has been awarded “Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network – Operator” at the prestigious LTE Asia 2014 event held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
LTE Asia, organized by Informa Telecoms and Media, is Asia’s leading 4G event. Each year, over 1,000 attendees from 50 countries across Asia Pacific participate in the summit. The LTE Asia Awards held at the event for the first time this year recognizes leading LTE operators, equipment vendors, manufacturers, and other LTE-related companies in a total of 8 categories. The awards are judged by senior analysts from across the region.
The “Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network – Operator” award recognizes SK Telecom for its aggressive development and achievements in LTE-Advanced service for its customers. This year, the company launched the world’s first commercial 225Mbps LTE-Advanced network, which is now available across the nation, in 85 cities and 78 counties. As of July 2014, 15.67 million customers, accounting for more than 55% of SK Telecom’s total subscriber base, have subscribed to SK Telecom’s LTE and LTE-Advanced networks.
SK Telecom was also lauded for its achievements in pre-5G. In June 2014, the operator demonstrated 3.8Gbps speed through FDD-TDD carrier aggregation in partnership with Nokia in June, and 5Gbps, the world’s fastest LTE-based network speed, in the 15GHz bandwidth with Ericsson in July.
These achievements have come just three years after the initial launch of Korea’s first-ever LTE network in July 2011, and only one year after SK Telecom became the first operator in the world to commercialize LTE-Advanced for smartphones in June 2013.
SK Telecom was also recognized for fostering a network environment that lets subscribers experience the full benefits of ultra-fast LTE-Advanced. The company has worked with partner manufacturers to offer its subscribers a diverse range of LTE and LTE-Advanced devices, as well as three Category 6 handsets, ‘Samsung Galaxy S5 Cat. 6’, ‘LG G3 Cat. 6’, and ‘Samsung Galaxy Alpha Cat. 6’, all of which were launched in Korea before anywhere else in the world. Subscribers also benefited from the company’s innovative mobile services designed especially for LTE-Advanced, including console game streaming service ‘Cloud Game’ and mobile IPTV service ‘B tv mobile’ that provides SD/HD/UHD contents.
During the LTE Asia event, Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center at SK Telecom, delivered a keynote speech entitled “LTE-Advanced and Beyond: Lessons Learned from a Commercial LTE-Advanced Launch”, where he shared the company’s latest LTE-Advanced developments, plans for 3-Band Carrier Aggregation, and under-development 5G architecture.
“It is SK Telecom’s great honor to be recognized as a pioneer in the field of LTE and LTE-Advanced by winning this prestigious award at LTE Asia,” said Park. “SK Telecom is committed to introducing even more advanced network technologies that can fortify and enhance our customers’ mobile experience.”
About SK Telecom
SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670), established in 1984, is Korea’s largest telecommunications company with more than 27 million mobile subscribers, accounting for over 50% of the market. The company reached KRW 16.602 trillion in revenue in 2013. As the world’s first company to commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, SK Telecom launched the nation’s first LTE service in July 2011. SK Telecom also became the world’s first mobile carrier to launch 150Mbps LTE-Advanced and on June 26, 2013 and 225Mbps LTE-Advanced on June 19, 2014 through Carrier Aggregation. Backed by rapid nationwide deployment, a rich device lineup and diverse mobile value added services, the company secured over 15.67 million LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers as of July 2014. Also, based on its strength in network operations business, SK Telecom is seeking new growth engines by building ICT convergence business models in areas of healthcare, enterprise solutions, media and education. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: SK Telecom