iPhone 5 rumors: Apple in talks with Korean carriers for LTE support

Korea Times reports that Cupertino is reportedly negotiating with two Korean carriers to bring the iPhone 5 through their LTE networks.

The information was provided by officials from SK Telecom and KT.

“KT is in negotiation with Apple to persuade the latter to support KT’s 1.8-gigahertz frequency in Korea for the upcoming iPhone,” a senior KT executive said, Korea Times reports.

The two carriers are Apple partners that sell the iPhone in Korea and want the device to benefit from their LTE network.

“If Apple’s upcoming iPhone again fails to support LTE bandwidths, then this would be a very disappointing scenario as LTE is everywhere in Korea,” an SK Telecom executive said, according to the publication.

The Korea Times also cites sources claiming that the number of LTE subscribers reached 8.4 million in July.

SK Telecom, the country’s major carrier, has over 4 million LTE subscribers, while KT, the second top carrier, holds 1.4 million.

The publication writes that the number of LTE users could go beyond 16 million by the end of the year.