Samsung recently unveiled its upgraded Galaxy S4 LTE-A flagship in Korea, and now we're hearing Apple is looking to follow suit and introduce an LTE-Advanced version of its next iPhone to Korean subscribers too.
The LTE-A-equipped iPhone 5S, expected to launch in the next few months, is just one of seven LTE-A devices Korean network SK Telecom hopes to have in place by the end of the year, as it looks to expand its super high-speed data network.
An unnamed SK Telecom official revealed the news to The Korea Times, saying talks with Apple are currently underway but that he can see “no reason for Apple not to use the LTE-A technology”.
“SK Telecom is approaching Apple to put our LTE-A technology on the upcoming iPhone 5S. We are in the middle of negotiations,” the executive is quoted as saying.
LTE-Advanced is poised to become the next big step forward for networking speeds, offering the promise of download speeds as high as 150Mbps.
The Snapdragon 800-equipped Galaxy S4 LTE-A is the first device to launch with support for the next-gen networking standard on board, but Korean subscribers are reportedly hungry for more as LTE-A's footprint expands.
According to The Korea Times' sources, Apple will use the exercise to test whether LTE-A has reached mainstream marketability in the region, with the real target being Korea's rather large neighbour China.