04 January 2007

3G Technology War in South Korea?

This article reports on an impending technology battle in South Korea regarding 3G systems:
South Korea’s mobile operators are bracing themselves for a tough battle in 2007 as they ramp up their investments in new 3G technology, and none seems more confident of victory than the incumbent.

The article reports that SK Telecom, the dominant incumbent, has invested in and is deploying HSDPA, while LG Telecom is continuing on the CDMA path with EVDO Rev A.

Do users make a choice based on the technology, or is their choice based on price and features? Is the US experience with multiple standards relevant to what is happening in South Korea?

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