SK Telecom Eyes 2015 For Three-Band Carrier Aggregation Launch

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By Nick Wood

Operator waiting for compatible devices before commercialising upgraded network.
SK Telecom hopes to launch three-band carrier aggregation (CA) next year, a move that will increase the peak throughput of its LTE-A network to 300 Mbps.

A source with knowledge of the matter told Total Telecom on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress this week that the timeframe for launching three-band CA depends on the availability of compatible chipsets that can be used for handsets, tablets and dongles. However, the operator has previously stated that it expects compatible chipsets to become available before the end of the year.

“There is a limit to the amount of spectrum that SK Telecom can use,” the source said. “Launching three-band carrier aggregation will allow customers to experience much greater speeds and higher capacity.”

SK Telecom has been sharing plans to upgrade its LTE-A network to three-band CA for a number of months. It plans to combine 10 MHz of 800-MHz spectrum with 20 MHz of 1800-MHz spectrum and 10 MHz of 2.1-GHz spectrum. Original Post at Total Tele

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