Alcatel-Lucent is supporting the LTE-Advanced services at SK Telecom, the largest mobile operator in Korea.
LTE Advanced is gaining momentum in Korea, the country known for highest broadband penetration.
SK Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an IP/MPLS mobile backhaul solution which will also support the telco’s LTE, LTEW, iBro (WiMAX), and Wi-Fi mobile data traffic in addition to LTE Advanced.
The solution will also improve the quality of its mobile IPTV service named ‘B tv mobile’, and improve customer satisfaction by offering new mobile services.
SK Telecom was the first service provider in the world to commercialize LTE-Advanced when it launched service in June 2013, and expanded its LTE-Advanced service to the main areas of 84 cities nationwide in late July.
LTE-Advanced offers ultra broadband network speeds of up to 150 Mbps, which is two times faster than that of LTE, and up to 10 times faster than 3G networks. LTE-Advanced users can download an 800MB movie in just 43 seconds.
The improved network will help SK Telecom deliver premium broadband multimedia services including group video calling with 12 times better video quality than previously available. It can also deliver TBaseball Multiview allowing viewers to watch two different games at the same time and T Shopping, a mobile home shopping app/service that provides major home shopping channels.
Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).
Alcatel-Lucent has been actively supporting IP network upgrades in the region. The company has shipped 300,000 service router platforms (7750 SR) to more than 500 service providers, including KT, LG U+, SK Broadband Korea, as well as globally to customers including AT&T, Verizon, BT and NTT Docomo.
These developments align with the company’s focus on IP platforms as outlined in The Shift Plan announced on June 19, 2013.
Chi Il Yoo, head of Alcatel-Lucent Korea, said, “Alcatel-Lucent has been deploying all-IP networks throughout Korea. Based on the successful deployment of those IP projects, we are committed to supplying our core router solution to the major service providers.”
“And with this award, we are strengthening and expanding our position in IP-related areas such as Data Center, Cloud, Network Function Virtualization, and Software Defined Networking in local markets,” Yoo added.
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