Korean carriers to vie for 1.8GHz frequency band

Korea’s telecommunication industry is expected to see another “cash war’’ as the top regulator plans an additional spectrum auction amid fierce rivalry for fourth-generation (4G) Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

The Korea Communication Commission (KCC) said that it will auction the license for the 1.8 gigahertz (GHz) and 2.6 GHz LTE spectrum bands, respectively, in March at the earliest. KT, LG and SK Telecom have all said they will bid in the auction. And attention is being paid to which company will get the license, especially the 1.8 GHz band one, which is regarded as the “golden spectrum.’’ More than 42 international mobile carriers are offering their LTE services within that radio frequency.

Currently, KT is using the 1.8 GHz as its main frequency to service its nationwide LTE networks, while the market leader SK Telecom is using the frequency as a secondary position.

For full article, see Korea Times.

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