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SK Telecom Expands LTE Capacity with 1800Mhz Spectrum

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South Korea's SK Telecom says that it has started offering LTE service using wider bandwidth in the 1800Mhz spectrum and plans to expand the service to the entire Seoul area by the end of next month.

With the additional bandwidth it acquired in the spectrum auction last month, SK Telecom launched the newly enhanced LTE service in Mapo District (Mapo-gu) and is preparing to expand the service coverage to main areas of 11 major districts in Seoul by early October.

After securing coverage throughout Seoul by October-end, the company plans to expand the service to the Seoul Metropolitan Area by November 2013, and then to six metropolitan cities by March 2014, before securing nationwide coverage in July 2014.

All LTE-Advanced devices will operate on the wider LTE bandwidth, offering up to 150 Mbps of speeds, while users of LTE devices on market that support 1.8 GHz (20 different models) will be able to access up to 100 Mbps without having to pay any extra fees.

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