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SK Telecom Selects LGE and Nortel Wireless Broadband

Posted: 11 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sk telecom? lg electronics? nortel? communications? broadband?

Korea's largest mobile communications provider, SK Telecom, recently picked LG Electronics (LGE) and Nortel to support new high-speed wireless broadband services in South Korea.

The advanced HSDPA technology from Nortel and UMTS core network solutions from LGE are expected to help SK Telecom in delivering feature-rich services such as interactive games, music downloads, DVD-quality videos, real-time media collaboration, and email with large file transfers up to 14.4Mbps

"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. He added that the LGE and Nortel solution will allow subscribers to enjoy next generation services at unprecedented speeds, and positions them to develop new and competitive services to meet Korea's increasingly sophisticated mobile communication requirements.

Peter MacKinnon, president, GSM/UMTS, Nortel, stated, "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." He also said that the contract maintains Nortel's leadership in supplying UMTS/HSDPA technology in Korea.

Nortel's HSDPA technology can help reduce operating costs, enable high quality communications through more efficient use of its existing network, increase capacity by handling more data traffic, and support additional users per cell site. Another feature is that it would allow users to download music and e-mail attachments in seconds rather than minutes.

SK Telecom's commercial launch of UMTS services in Pusan and the southern provinces of Gyeongsang-do, Jeolla-do and Jeju Island are set on November 2005, with commercial launch of HSDPA following in early 2006.

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