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SK Telecom sets up first commercial HSUPA network

Posted: 12 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CDMA? HSDPA? HSUPA network?

SK Telecom has claimed the establishment of the world's first commercial HSUPA network with speed of 5.76Mbps in the districts of Gangdong-gu and Songpa-gu in Seoul, South Korea.

Earlier in June, SK Telecom built a 1.45Mbps HSUPA network in Busan, also in South Korea.

Starting with the two districts, SK Telecom expects the coverage to extend to the entire city of Seoul by 1H 08, and to other major cities by year-end. Full commercial service will be available in Q2 08 when handsets for HSUPA service hit the market.

The Seoul-based carrier also offered the world's first commercial CDMA (IS-95A) mobile service in 1996 and succeeded in commercial deployment of Ev-Do network, both of which are world's first.

HSUPA offers 5.76Mbps data transfer rates. Under the 5.76Mbps HSUPA network, it takes just 1.4s to send a 1Mbyte picture, 15 times faster than the current available data transfer, said SK Telecom.

"We take great pride in this achievement," said Jong Tae Ihm, VP of mobile device and access network R&D center of SK Telecom. "Twelve years ago, we succeeded in commercial deployment of CDMA technology for the first time in the world. HSUPA marks another major advancement in our technology. We will continue to develop innovative services and technology that can satisfy our customers."

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