When it comes to mobile broadband
speeds, Korea is doing quite well. While Sprint
is boasting about 50-60Mbps
that will be in five U.S. cities by the end of the year, Korea’s SK Telecom
says that it already has 300Mbps LTE ready to roll. (Well, sort of.)
The technology involved is a three-band aggregation, just like Sprint’s Spark
initiative, and with the 20MHz and two 10MHz bands together, SK Telecom says it can offer 300Mbps LTE
There are some hurdles to overcome first, though, including getting global standardization and getting hardware makers to develop the needed chipsets and devices. Even so, SK Telecom expects to have the service commercially available by the end of the year.
Sprint has demonstrated 1.3Gbps mobile broadband in the lab
Even more notable is that SK Telecom says it can hit 450Mbps speeds by combining three 20MHz bands, which is will demonstrate at MWC 2014 in Barcelona in February. Meanwhile, Sprint has demonstrated 1.3Gbps mobile broadband speeds in a lab setting and believes it can eventually hit 2Gbps.
The sooner these companies get their next-gen mobile broadband speeds out to all of us, the better.