SK Telecom first to commercialise Uplink CoMP

02 April 2014 | Sophie Donoghue


South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced that it has commercialised Uplink CoMP (Uplink Cooperative Multi-Point).

The technology is designed to increase mobile data upload speeds by 20% on LTE, as data-hungry consumers continue to demand faster networks.

The operator claims to be the first in the world to commercialise Uplink CoMP, which is applied to base stations and does not require an upgrade for LTE devices.

"In an area covered by multiple base stations, Uplink CoMP directs that signals from mobile devices are received by not one but multiple base stations, and combines these signals to increase signal strength," SK Telecom said. 

The company plans to apply the technology to all of its LTE base stations by the end of this year.

“Continuous efforts will be made to develop and apply innovative network technologies like Uplink CoMP to provide our customers with greater convenience and differentiated value," said Park Jin-hyo, SVP and head of network technology R&D centre at SK Telecom.

In January this year, SK Telecom announced it had successfully developed an LTE-A solution in three spectrum bands.