LG Uplus is 1st carrier to cover an entire country with 4G LTE

LG Uplus is 1st carrier to cover an entire country with 4G LTE
While Verizon continues to become a major face in the 4G LTE space by making headway on its promise to match its 4G coverage with its 3G footprint here in the states, LG’s Uplus wireless service achieved a major 4G LTE industry milestone by becoming the first carrier in the world to blanket an entire country with 4G LTE service.

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.

source: IntoMobile

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11 Comments

1. dabee08

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 07, 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: Jan 31, 2011

dude it says "South Korea is only about the size of the state of Indiana" which is refering to SIZE, not population. haha!!!

2. dejahu

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Damn asians and their technological prowess.

3. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

LG wouldn't be lying about that now would they???

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

7. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Apple??? LOL,that's a good one!!!

5. zheking

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Icarrier lol nice 1 net work dood

6. zheking

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Btw neither did I

9. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

This is what happens when big government doesnt interfere.

10. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

That's pretty awesome. Let's see some speed tests!!!

11. RageQuit

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

lol Sprint, Verizon and AT$T all have more customers than South Korea has people.

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