Korea to accept bids for 4th mobile licence in August

South Korea’s government, following its announcement a month ago that it will issue a fourth mobile licence, said it plans to deregulate the industry and start accepting applications in August. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) said …

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Asia Briefs: Korean operators to launch interconnected VoLTE, Qualcomm leads $6M investment in MangoPlate & more

Korean operators to launch interconnected VoLTE South Korea’s mobile operators – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – announced they will introduce the world’s first commercial interconnected VoLTE service this month. The service, officially unveiled by Minister Yang Hee Choi …

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Korea leads 4G adoption, global subs to hit 2.3B in 2019

South Korea is the global 4G champion, with adoption forecast to jump from 63 per cent of total mobile subscribers last year to 80-90 per cent in 2019, according to TeleGeography. In Japan 4G had a 41 per cent market …

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KT unveils “world’s fastest” mobile service GiGA LTE

South Korea’s second largest mobile player KT has introduced what it says is the world’s fastest mobile service by combining LTE and WiFi networks to offer a theoretical maximum download speed of 1.17Gb/s. A KT representative told Mobile World Live …

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SK Telecom unveils open IoT platform based on oneM2M

South Korea’s SK Telecom today introduced an open Internet of Things (IoT) platform, based on the oneM2M global standards initiative, aimed at developers. The ThingPlug platform was jointly developed by SK Telecom and Korean IoT platform service company Daliworks. Formed …

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LG Uplus turns to the cloud to reduce LTE-Advanced interference

South Korea’s third largest mobile operator LG Uplus aims to reduce interference on its tri-band carrier aggregation LTE-Advanced network by using Cloud Digital Unit (DU) technology. The operator, with a 19 per cent market share, operates its LTE-A network on …

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Korea to award 4th mobile licence by end of year

South Korea’s government plans to issue a licence to a fourth mobile operator by the end of the year as a means to introduce more competition. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) has been pushing for the …

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SKT follows rivals in offering unlimited voice and text

South Korea’s largest mobile operator SK Telecom (SKT) announced it will introduce new data-centric plans, with unlimited voice and text, after rivals KT and LG UPlus made similar offers following pressure from the government to reduce household telecom expenses. SKT, …

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SK Telecom sees profit jump but revenue growth slow; 4G accounts for 61% of mobile base

South Korea’s largest mobile operator SK Telecom saw its Q1 profit jump sharply, but revenue slowed due to the government phasing out activation fees and lowering interconnect rates. The operator’s net income jumped 65.6 per cent to KRW442.7 billion ($409 …

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