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South Korean operators baulk at high spectrum prices

South Korea’s three mobile network operators – SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus – are said to be forming a silent alliance in response to the government’s decision to set the largest-ever reserve price for the spectrum auction due to be conducted next month, reports TeleGeography. “According to the Korea Times, the trio of operators are in a ‘hostile yet symbiotic relationship’ regarding the matter, with all of them having voiced that the pricing of frequencies by the ministry of science, ICT and future planning (MSIP) will hamper their investment plans and could, as a result, hold back growth momentum.” The report notes that a primary concern is said to relate to the cost of the ‘golden spectrum’, a 20 MHz block in the 2100 MHz band, where a reserve price of KRW381.6 billion has been set. In total, the cumulative reserve prices for all the spectrum to be auctioned is understood to exceed KRW2.5 trillion ($2.04 billion).

  • Monday, 21 March 2016

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