Asia Express - Mobile Communications
SK Telecom to Debut HSUPA Service in Korea in June
May 18, 2007
SK Telecom recently announced plans to debut a new service based on the HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) technology in June 2007. Although SK Telecom's HSUPA service will cover only the Haewoondae and Suyoung-gu areas of Busan initially, the company plans to expand the service to Seoul and satellite cities by early 2008. By late 2008, 23 cities are expected to be included in SK Telecom's HSUPA network, which will be augmented to 84 cities by 2009. Compared with the 2 Mbps upload speed of its predecessor HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), the new technology allows an enhanced upload speed of 5.76 Mbps, along with a download rate of 14.4 Mbps.