Subscribers to SK Telecom's LTE-A service top 150,000

SK Telecom Co., the country' leading mobile operator, said Thursday that it had attracted more than 150,000 subscribers to its next-generation mobile network just 14 days after its launch.

For the first time in the world, SK Telecom introduced the so-called long-term evolution (LTE)-Advanced mobile network in the country on June 26, offering speeds twice as fast as the existing LTE network.

The LTE-Advanced service is currently available in Seoul and 43 other major cities.

On the same day, Samsung Electronics Co., the largest smartphone maker, also released the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the world's first phone optimized to work on the country's LTE-A network.

SK Telecom said more customers are expected to pick the service down the road as smartphone makers are set to release a flurry of LTE-Advanced-based smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
LG Electronics Co., the world's third-largest smartphone maker, and its smaller local rival Pantech Co., are planning to soon release smartphones running on the LTE-Advanced network.

Meanwhile, LG Uplus Corp., the country's third-largest mobile operator, also said earlier that it will commercialize its own LTE-Advanced network service this month.

The mobile carrier said its LTE-Advanced service will be available in Seoul and other major cities during the third quarter of the year, and be expanded to other regions by the end of 2013.

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