The three operators in South Korea had secured frequencies within the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands in 2018
The South Korean authorities stated it would cancel the spectrum licenses within the 28 GHz band that was allotted to native operators for 5G deployments, citing the shortage of funding and missed rollout necessities.
As soon as this measure is totally applied by the federal government, native operators KT and LG Uplus will lose the proper to make use of the 28 GHz frequencies that they had received in a spectrum public sale in 2018. In the meantime, South Korea’s largest cellular operator, SK Telecom, may have its use time of the 28 GHz spectrum diminished by six months. It’s going to additionally lose the proper to make use of the spectrum utterly if it fails to deploy 15,000 radio stations that use the spectrum by the tip of Might 2023.
The Ministry of Science and ICT famous that the choice was made as a result of native carriers didn’t deploy the 28 GHz radio stations throughout the nation that have been required as a part of the licensing.
The three operators had secured frequencies within the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands in 2018, underneath the situation that they every deploy 22,500 and 15,000 radio stations for every spectrum band.
The federal government famous that telcos had fulfilled with the stipulated variety of radio stations for the three.5GHz spectrum however all failed to achieve the deployment purpose for the 28GHz frequencies.
The choice by the ministry can be finalized in a listening to subsequent month when the operators can be pressured to close down the community infrastructure at the moment utilizing 28GHz spectrum, based on the studies.
Native information company Yonhap additionally reported that the Ministry of Science and ICT plans to allocate the three.7-4.0 GHz band frequency to native telecommunication operators subsequent yr.
In June 2018, the ICT ministry accomplished an public sale for 5G frequencies through which native carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus secured spectrum to launch 5G companies within the Asian nation. SK Telecom and KT every received 100 megahertz within the 3.5 GHz band whereas LG Uplus had obtained a bloc of 80 megahertz of spectrum. In July 2022, LG Uplus secured an extra 20 megahertz of spectrum to make use of for 5G.
South Korea ended July with 25.1 million subscribers within the 5G section, in accordance to information from the Ministry of Science and ICT.
5G accounted for 33.3% of all cellular subscriptions within the nation as of the tip of July. Nevertheless, the know-how accounted for 72.4% of the general on-line visitors.
In the meantime, 4G LTE accounted for 62.5% of all cellular subscriptions in South Korea and 27.6% when it comes to total on-line visitors.
The ministry additionally reported that 5G subscribers used a median of 27.9 GB of visitors in July, whereas LTE subscribers used 8.4 GB.
South Korea was the primary nation to launch industrial 5G networks in April 2019 and at the moment has 5G protection throughout its 85 cities.