SK Telecom launches Multi-Carrier LTE pilot

Dylan Bushell-Embling
31 May 2012

SK Telecom has launched what it says is the world's first pilot service for Multi-Carrier (MC) LTE technology, with an eye to a commercial launch in July.

The company has commenced pilot services using the technology, which enables the use of both the 800-MHz and 1.8-GHz frequency bands.

The pilot trial will be used to try to optimize handover between frequencies in advance of the commercial launch in July.

SK Telecom revealed plans to apply MC technology to the whole Seoul area within the year, and 23 other South Korean cities by early into the next.

Being able to utilize both bands simultaneously will give SK Telecom 40MHz of spectrum to use for LTE service, twice the bandwidth of its competitors. The operator claims this will allow it to offer the nation's fastest LTE connections.

At launch, only one handset – the Vega Racer 2 – will support MC technology. But SK Telecom said it was in talks with handset markets to include MC as a basic feature for LTE smartphones.

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