LG Uplus is 1st carrier to cover an entire country with 4G LTE
According to TeleGeography, LG spent upwards of $1.1 billion to build a 4G LTE network that covers “86 cities across the country, along all highways, and in subways, airports and train stations” in South Korea.
On the technical side of things, the network was built on the 900 MHz band. LG did, however, say that it plans to build out its 2.1 GHz coverage as well.
While South Korea is only about the size of the state of Indiana, it is home to over 49 million people. Even though Uplus is the smallest wireless provider in the country, it already has over 1.46 million subscribers utilizing 4G, while the largest provider, SK Telecom, has 1.73 million. In short, while the network didn’t need to cover as much physical space as say Verizon’s here in the states, it does need to support a very dense population of users making this a very significant milestone in the progression of 4G LTE networks.
1. dabee08 (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
You quoted wrong Phone Arena!
Indiana has population of 6.5 mil not S. Korea.
S. Korea has population of nearly 50 mil. Huge difference.
8. M1K3YWR19H7 (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Jan 2011)
dude it says "South Korea is only about the size of the state of Indiana" which is refering to SIZE, not population. haha!!!
3. roscuthiii (Posts: 1716; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
LG wouldn't be lying about that now would they???
4. networkdood (Posts: 5505; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Huh, I never knew that LG owns a wireless network. I wonder if APPLE has any designs on doing this for the U.S.
9. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
This is what happens when big government doesnt interfere.
10. codymws (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
That's pretty awesome. Let's see some speed tests!!!
11. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
lol Sprint, Verizon and AT$T all have more customers than South Korea has people.