South Korea’s second-largest mobile network operator by subscribers, KT Corp. will launch its long-awaited 4G Long Term Evolution services today, further adding to the competition prevailing among telecom carriers, for faster mobile services.
The news of the launch comes after KT got the court’s approval last week for shutting down its 2G services, in order to use the 1.8 GHz band for 4G LTE services.
According to Korea Herald, KT is aiming to secure 4 million LTE subscribers within a year of launch of the high speed services, by rolling out the technology nationwide, in 84 cities by the end of April 2012.
“The company’s LTE launch has been delayed for more than a month. Despite our late start, we will introduce a more complete LTE service,” said KT chairman Lee Suk-chae during a press conference.
The company has developed a new cloud communication technology called ‘LTE Warp’ which it claims improves speed and reliability of the service. KT is offering a range of smartphones and tablets including LTE versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II, as well as the Galaxy Tab, for customers to start using the service. Given that South Korea is the world’s most data-hungry country, KT has ruled out unlimited-data plans for its LTE services.