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Samsung may introduce LTE Advanced version of Galaxy S4 in June

Ian Paul | June 18, 2013
Samsung's latest variation of the Galaxy S4 will access the LTE Advanced network which (eventually) will deliver download speeds as high at 1 gbps.

When you ask the carriers, however, they aren't ready to commit to LTE Advanced just yet. "We are actively involved with our technology partners on LTE-Advanced," a Verizon spokesperson told TechHive.

"When LTE-Advanced is ready for prime time, we will lead the deployment charge, as we have done with 4G LTE." T-Mobile declined to comment on its deployment plans for LTE Advanced; however, Yasmin Karimli, head of T-Mobile's radio network evolution and strategy, told Venture Beat in April that it would be able to move more quickly than other carriers to LTE Advanced.

TechHive has also reached out to AT&T and Sprint for comment about their LTE Advanced plans, and we will update this story should the companies respond.

Advancing the gun
Even in Samsung's home country, a June introduction of the GS4 Advanced seems a bit premature. In December, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom said it would introduce LTE Advanced in 2013.

Current expectations are that SK Telecom's LTE Advanced network would debut in September with transmissions speeds double that of the company's current LTE network.

 

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