I have always admired the fact that the South Korean Government spends a significant amount of money on ‘strategic’ technology development. For IT/Wireless and other advanced technology, they have an agency named Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI.) ETRI is working on a five year plan to develop LTE Advanced and note the 3GPP standard Release 10 is supposed to be available in April of this year. ETRI has invested $60M with 500 people researching and developing, obtaining a solid 24 patents plus another 500 applications and so on, around LTE Advanced. Recently they demonstrated LTE Advanced on the streets, delivering 3D video to a moving vehicle at rates up to 600mbps. Within this demonstration, they also showed off the use of the forthcoming Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (MBMS) described within the 3GPP LTE related standardization efforts. MBMS of course makes delivering similar content more efficient over the LTE channel using multicast techniques and some changes in the subcarrier spacing. Also note, there is a ‘requirement’ to deploy LTE Advanced in South Korea in 2014, so this is a step towards that goal.
Another interesting result of this strategy is that it looks like ETRI and Korean vendors will be a major player at the IPR table (Along with Qualcomm, Interdigital etc..)