How would you like to make your broadband ISP cry by switching to wireless service which blows them away in speeds. If you live in South Korea, you might be able to do that this year. SK Telecom will be deploying LTE-Advanced wireless internet service in that country later this year. This new service will offer speeds up to 300Mbps!
Back in January of 2011, we shared a report discussing the then-future LTE-Advanced technology being tested in Korea. In fact, in that article the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) board in Korea anticipated that some form of LTE-Advanced would deploy by 2014. While the full potential of their 600Mbps theoretical speeds from back then will not yet be realized, the 300 Mbps is still a magnificent achievement.
The technology being deployed by SK Telecom uses LTE-Advanced 3-band carrier aggregation tech. This basically combines one 20MHz band of spectrum with two 10MHz bands, allowing these insanely high wireless speeds. Of course, the carrier is sitting still on this either. Even though their plan is to deploy the tech sometime this year, they are also working on even faster LTE-Advanced which will offer consumers 450Mbps speeds.
This leaves only one burning question... when will we get this awesome tech in Europe and North America?