LTE iPhone coming soon? Korean carriers are talking about it


Gigaom

The next iPhone is expected to arrive in about a month. One of the biggest questions is whether Apple(s AAPL) will add LTE networking capability to it. In another signal that the answer might be yes, the Korea Times is reporting Wednesday that executives from Korea’s largest carrier are in Cupertino, Calif. to strike such a deal.

Both SK Telecom(s skm), the country’s largest carrier, and KT(s kt) currently sell the iPhone in South Korea. And both are lobbying Apple for an LTE iPhone, according to the report, which quotes an unnamed senior KT official saying, « KT is in negotiation with Apple to persuade the latter to support KT’s 1.8-gigahertz frequency in Korea for the upcoming iPhone. »

The main reason they want an LTE iPhone? Because LTE is really big in Korea. The report says there are 10 million subscribers, and they want to add more to their newer networks…

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