Cancellation of allocation of three telecom companies, measures following failure to fulfill allocation conditions – the facts are as follows | news

The Ministry of Science and ICT said, “The number of networks built by the three telecommunications companies over the past three years has not fulfilled the allocation conditions, such as only 10% of the obligation.”

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ㅇ In August, a public-private working group went on a field trip to the United States, and two reports were prepared because the two sides could not agree.

ㅇ Controversy is unavoidable as intensive administrative measures such as cancellation of allocations have been taken based on details that could not be agreed upon.

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□ The Ministry of Science and ICT announced the allocation of 5G frequencies (3.5GHz, 28GHz) in 2018 and set conditions such as the mandatory number of networks for each frequency band, but the number of networks established by the three telecommunications companies over the past three years mandatory (15,000 devices). ) compared to 10%*

* 28GHz network setup status: Total 5,059 units ((SKT) 1,605 units (10.7%) / (KT) 1,586 units (10.6%) / (LGU+) 1,868 units (12.5%))

ㅇ The implementation inspection evaluation committee which included private experts evaluated the fulfillment of the allocation conditions based on the performance of the three telecommunications companies and service delivery plans. The three companies were notified of disposals such as cancellation of allocation in advance, but the disposal was undecided based on the results of on-site investigations by the public-private working group.

□ As a result of checking overseas trends such as field surveys, Verizon in the United States built 33,000 mmWave base stations as of March ’22*, and Senior Vice President Brian Mecum said it plans to build 45,000 base stations in ‘ 22 and expand it. over the next 4 years** revealed

* Verizon Investor Day Data (March ’22)

** (Original comment) This year we made 45,000 goals. Without stopping, our plan for the next 4 years, keep going with the numbers more and more… (Field study meeting in August ’22)

ㅇ In addition, according to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, four Japanese telecommunications companies have built more than 20,000 mmWave base stations as of July 22.22, and released more than 10 types of terminals that support the 28 GHz band * *. NTT Docomo revealed that it is building mmWave base stations faster than the original spectrum usage plan ***.

* Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications MIC Radio Usage Website (

** Samsung Electronics – Galaxy S22, Fold 3, Flip 4, Fold 4 / Sony – Xperia Pro, 1IV / Fujitsu Arrows / Sharp Aquos RG5, zero 6 / LG Electronics V60 ThinkQ, etc.

ㅇ Globally, more than 50 manufacturers have released more than 150 types of mmWave-enabled terminals*, and more than 61 million mmWave-enabled smartphones have been distributed** (by 2021).

* MWC22 Summit Presentation, Qualcomm’s 5G mmWave (‘22.3)

** SA 5G smartphone forecast (Strategy Analytics) (’22)

ㅇ The result of mmWave performance measurement together with carriers, manufacturers, and experts in the working group in the United States is that the average speed was 1.66 Gbps with the mobile measurement method, 3.56 Gbps (10 m), 2.49 Gbps (20 m), and 2.53 Gbps (with the fixed measurement method) 50m), level 2.42Gbps (100m), and there was no disagreement about the measurement method or the results.

Enquiries: Ministry of Science and ICT Communications Policy Planning Department (044-202-6625), Radio Infrastructure Division (044-202-4957), Frequency Policy Division (044-202-4943)


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