SK Telecom officially launches the world's first LTE-Advanced network, and Galaxy S4 to go with it

SK Telecom officially launches the world's first LTE-Advanced network, and Galaxy S4 to go with it
Earlier today, we saw the first unboxing photos of the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced model which comes with the Snapdragon 800. The rumor had been that the device would be launching in about a week, because SK Telecom's LTE-Advanced network was ahead of schedule; but, it turns out that both the device and the network are ready right now.

SK Telecom has announced that its LTE-Advanced network is ready to go and it is up and running. This announcement makes it the first LTE-Advanced network in the world. And, the Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE-A is ready to go as the first device compatible with the higher speed network. Right now, the network is capable of speeds up to 150Mbps, and should get faster as the year goes on. 

To take advantage of the new speeds, SK Telecom's Btv IPTV service will begin offering 1080p video streaming in early July, and a number of other new video services as the year goes on. The carrier plans to have at least 7 LTE-A devices on sale by the end of the year. 

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11 Comments

1. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Well in my country it's 30 mega (bytes) per second. It is very reliable and stays at that speed all the time. Hah got cha, I meant kilobytes. -_____-

4. WestFiasco unregistered

You were bored ?

2. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

*Second The first one is some company in Russia (who has the network but doesn't sell phones).

3. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

20MBPS is amazing.BTW what are speeds of 4G?

5. stealthd unregistered

This is what true 4G speeds are supposed to be like. When this comes to the states I'm sure the carriers here will be calling LTE-A "5G" or "4G+" or something.

6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Speeds up to 150Mbps? I want more than that XD

7. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Blah, always 'theoretical speeds'... Listen up folks, the real world speeds is always like 15% of the speeds listed anywhere on the internet, except from real users. Under typical conditions, especially with the population density of South Korea, I'd be amazed if you could get over 30mbps ever.

9. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Is this your theory or fact. Last time I checked the data speeds were incredibly fast in korea

10. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Thats home internet. Everything is connected by fiber optics, so yes it is fast... Not so for networks. If you live in a dense city, or you've ever tried to use your phone in a crowded place like a sports game or any event, you would notice weaker signals and slower speeds. Yeah, some people living in some suburbs or out in the country will get the amazing 30mbps on current LTE, but it's not like that for everyone.

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

sleepy...

11. GeekMovement unregistered

i'd be extremely content with 10mbps cuz with sprint i don't even get 1mbps ._.

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