South Korea to allocate more mobile spectrum for 5G services

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South Korea —

South Korea’s government is planning to expand the bandwidth allocated to 5G mobile services by next year, when the country will host the Winter Olympics.

South Korea intends to showcase large scale commercial 5G services at the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held at Pyeongchang during 9-25 February 2018.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning will share bandwidth in the 1.3GHz range between the country’s three mobile carriers, KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus.

Ministry official Choi Young-hae said, “The ministry will form a team within this month to work on allocating 5G bandwidth and come up with the detailed plan.”

The plan was finalised during a government meeting this week presided over by finance minister Yoo Il-ho, the ministry said.