SK Telecom's LTE-A pipeline will support 225Mbps speeds before the year is out

SK Telecom's LTE-A pipeline will support 225Mbps speeds before the year is out
In June, Korea's SK Telecom was the first carrier to introduce LTE-A to its customers. That was matched by the mobile operator's two biggest rivals by the time September rolled around. Now, SK Telecom is about to take LTE-A to the next level. By combining 20MHz bandwidth in the 1.8GHz band with 10MHz in the 800MHz band, SK Telecom will be able to offer its customers data speeds as high as 225Mbps. 

To put this in perspective, a plain ol' ordinary LTE network can reach top speeds of 75Mbps, and an LTE-A pipeline can move data around at 150Mbps. But SK Telecom has successfully used carrier aggregation to reach the faster 225Mbps speeds. And once chipsets are developed that support these speeds, the service will be offered to customers. This is expected to take place in the second half of this year.

At the faster speeds, an 800MB movie will take just 28 seconds to load. Over LTE-A, that same film will take 43 seconds to download. Over LTE and 3G, the download times are 1 minute and 25 seconds and 7 minutes and 24 seconds respectively.

And wait, there's more. If 20MHz + 10MHz can provide customers with speeds up to 225Mbps, adding another band using carrier aggregation (20MHz +10MHz+10MHz) can provide data speeds as fast as 300Mbps. Think about how fast you can get things done with your data traveling that fast. And the Korean carrier isn't even done there. It is looking at using four and five band LTE for even faster data speeds, although there is no word when this might take place.
 

source: SKTelecom

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10 Comments

1. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

And all thanks to nokia solutions network (Nsn)

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's just ridiculous. I'm not saying that I wouldn't want these speeds on my phone because faster is always better, but why is it that I can't get these same speeds on my home connection where it's way more useful? My network tops out at 25-30 Mbps, which is plenty fast, but I'd much rather have those ridiculous speeds at home & the 25-30Mbps on my phone. I download & stream way more stuff on my computer & I'm loading up full websites as opposed to mobile ones. The ISP's need to get crackin'.

4. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

I agree, faster home service should be priority since mobile is practically limited on data per month... like stream a movie and your data is capped! Pay $100 more and stream two! Lol :))

3. ph00ny

Posts: 2032; Member since: May 26, 2011

Moving to korea....

5. sunnyfpy

Posts: 283; Member since: May 12, 2013

Good to have faster speed but price for 4G data plans are still too expensive.

6. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

They have the fastest LTE speed in the world for a reason.

7. joseram695

Posts: 79; Member since: May 28, 2012

Suddenly my 60mbps does not look so good lol

8. warren24

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Note that actual speeds on LTE-A were slower than LTE speeds. Its impractical right now.

9. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

And I'm still dreaming of a 4G connection! Sigh!

10. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Now thats blazing fast probably enough to really heat up your phone and fry an egg on it. This sounds good we need phones to hold more space since the tech world wants smart phones to replace pcs and google wants to limit sd support.

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