Testing their wireless network on the road, researchers from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute say they’ve created the world’s most advanced wireless technology.
They call their 4G network LTE-Advanced. And head researcher Park Ae-Soon says it’s 40 times faster than the 3G mobile network being used:
“Users are able to watch high-quality content such as 3D and high-definition videos on their mobile equipment while they walk. They can use the service anywhere and anytime.”
For example, it takes a 3G user six and a half minutes to download a 700 megabyte-video. This new 4G network takes only 9.3 seconds.
South Korea’s team needed five years and $53 million dollars to complete and test its new 4G network.
LTE-Advanced can be interlocked with existing 2G and 3G networks but the new technology won’t be rolled out until 2014.
The payoff for South Korea could eventually be an anticipated $400 billion in technology royalties.
Bottom Line: South Korea says it has developed the world’s most advanced fourth-generation (4G) mobile network. The government-run Electronics and Research Institute says the network will process digital information 40 times faster than the existing third-generation (3G) network.