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This article was published on September 2, 2013

    Korea’s KT to offer world’s third LTE-Advanced network, with no need to upgrade your smartphone

    Korea’s KT to offer world’s third LTE-Advanced network, with no need to upgrade your smartphone Image by: Getty Images/Zoonar RF
    Kaylene Hong
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    Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

    Even as LTE is taking off in many parts of the world, South Korea has zoomed ahead with all three of its operators offering LTE-Advanced services — which means everyone in the country can have access to the speedier network if they choose to do so.

    The country’s second-largest operator KT Corp announced today that it would offer its LTE-A service this month, Yonhap News reports, becoming the last operator in the country to do so. Korean operator SK Telecom took the wraps off the world’s first LTE-Advanced network in June this year, followed soon by mobile carrier LG Uplus in July.

    One unique point about KT’s network is that smartphone users will apparently be able to use it with their existing devices, as the service runs on one frequency, unlike those being offered by KT’s rivals that require a change of smartphones. The network will reportedly be available in Seoul and its adjacent regions within this month. It will then be expanded to major cities across South Korea in March next year.

    KT to offer LTE-Advanced service this month [Yonhap News via The Korea Herald]

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