SK Telecom to launch 3G on 29 December

15 Dec 2003

Korean cellco SK Telecom (SKT) says it will launch its W-CDMA network on 29 December 2003 initially providing next-generation services in the capital Seoul; nation-wide coverage is expected in 2006. Although the company experienced technical glitches with its trial launch, with customers complaining of poor internet connections and ‘bulky’ handsets, SKT plans to forge ahead with the European 3G protocol, despite already offering UMTS through its cdma2000 1x EV-DO network. Rival cellco KTF Corp, which has its own cdma2000 network, is also planning to introduce W-CDMA in eight regions including the capital and its environs, although it is yet to confirm a date for commercial launch.

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