Infrastructure vendor Ericsson and Korean operator SK Telecom have taken advantage of an LTE Advanced (LTE-A) capability to enable mobility without the need for an inter-cell handover between base stations.
SK Telecom's rollout of LTE Advanced carrier aggregation signals things to come, as operators such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless prepare to follow suit in the coming months.
Thanks to SK Telecom, LTE Advanced is commercially deployed, or, at least, the carrier aggregation component of LTE-A is. And as operators in other developed markets, such as the United States, lay out their own plans to deploy LTE-A features as well, they will be keeping a close eye on lessons they can learn from SK Telecom's pioneering efforts.
SK Telecom's ongoing success with VoLTE adoption prompted Infonetics Research to up its 2013 VoLTE forecast, which now calls for 12 commercial VoLTE networks and 8 million VoLTE subscribers by year-end, with about three-quarters of those in Asia Pacific.
Ever a mobile market pacesetter, SK Telecom has rolled out the world's first LTE-Advanced network with a commercial smartphone ready for use with the service.
SK Telecom has expanded its LTE roaming program to include Globe Telecom of the Philippines. The South Korean operator previously initiated LTE roaming service with CSL in Hong Kong and SingTel in Singapore.
The small cell market will reach a value of $2.7 billion by 2017, according to a new study from Infonetics Research, which also predicts 4G small cell shipments will overtake 3G shipments by the end of 2013.
BARCELONA, Spain--Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks, contends the slowing telecom infrastructure market will soon be able to support only three profitable network vendors, and NSN aims to be one of them.
South Korea's SK Telecom has signed on 1 million subscribers to its joyn.T integrated communication service, which launched at the end of last year.
The availability of LTE service is prompting mobile customers to consume substantially more data, particularly among those who have large data plans, according to a new whitepaper.