South Korea’s SK Telecom has announced plans to increase the speed and coverage of its 4G service by using spectrum it acquired in August.
The operator picked up another 35MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz band and plans to combine this with other holdings to provide LTE services of up to 150Mbps.
In a statement, SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea) said that all LTE customers using a number of devices – including Samsung’s (Seoul, South Korea) Galaxy S3 and Apple’s (Cupertino, CA, USA) iPhone 5 – would be able to enjoy 100Mbps services without having to pay additional charges.
Meanwhile, all LTE-Advanced services, which SK Telecom launched in June, will operate over the wider frequency channels that can support services of up to 150Mbps.
The operator plans to begin offering LTE services using the wider spectrum bands in the Seoul Metropolitan Area by the end of 2013, and aims to provide nationwide coverage by July 2014.
It also flagged up efforts to boost LTE-Advanced speeds to as much as 225Mbps next year by combining spectrum holdings in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands.
“Together with SK Telecom’s LTE-Advanced network that already covers central areas of 84 cities nationwide, our 20MHz downlink LTE service will allow more customers to experience and benefit from the ultra-fast mobile data environment,” said Park In-sik, the president and head of network operations for SK Telecom.
Besides boosting the capability and coverage of its high-speed services, SK Telecom is unveiling new offers that it says take advantage of the network technology’s features.
These include a data plan called T Life Pack that allows customers to watch to 140 hours of video footage each month for a flat monthly fee.
The operator is also adding to its range of content services, providing options that are “specially designed” for its LTE and LTE-Advanced networks.