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SK Telecom to beef up networks, start LTE in 2011
SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said Thursday that it will beef up its cellular networks and start commercial high-speed data service called long-term evolution (LTE) next year, as it braces for a surge in data traffic.

The company plans to raise the amount of data traffic capacity on its WCDMA networks by six-fold before December, as it expects its mobile networks will have to manage an increased amount of Web surfing with the recent buying spree of cell phones and smartphones, it said in a statement.
SK Telecom is also betting on the LTE service, which is being pursued by global mobile-phone operators, including Verizon Communications Inc., and plans to offer the service nationwide in 2013, it said.