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Korea's SK Telecom to launch HSDPA
Posted: 04-Oct-2005 [Source: Nortel]

[SK Telecom to begin launch of HSDPA in Korea in early 2006 using technology supplied by the LG-Nortel joint venture.]

SK Telecom, Korea's largest mobile communications provider, has selected LG Electronics (LGE) and Nortel to provide technology to support new high-speed wireless broadband services throughout southern Korea.

Advanced HSDPA technology from Nortel and UMTS core network solutions from LGE will assist SK Telecom in delivering feature-rich services like interactive games, music downloads, DVD-quality videos, real-time multimedia collaboration and e-mail with large file transfers at speeds up to 14.4 Mbps. This is comparable to current wired broadband connections and would, for example, allow users to download music and e-mail attachments in seconds rather than minutes.

SK Telecom's commercial launch of UMTS services in Pusan, Korea's second largest city, and the southern provinces of Gyeongsang-do, Jeolla-do and Jeju Island is planned for November 2005, with commercial launch of HSDPA following in early 2006.

"HSDPA wireless broadband services will transform communications in Korea," said Myung Sung Lee, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's Technology Strategic Group. "This LGE and Nortel solution will allow our subscribers to enjoy next generation services at unprecedented speeds, as well as position us to rapidly develop new and competitive services to meet Korea's increasingly sophisticated mobile communication requirements."

"The SK Telecom win is another important milestone for the LGE-Nortel joint venture, which will supply networks covering all cities and regions of the Korean peninsula," said Peter MacKinnon, president, GSM/UMTS, Nortel. "The contract continues Nortel's leadership in supplying UMTS/HSDPA technology to Korea, which has the highest broadband penetration and one of the most sophisticated telecommunications markets in the world."


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