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S. Korea's telecom firms to sue over govt's unrealistic 5G redistribution price
SK Telecom Co., KT Corp., and LG Uplus Corp. are considering legal action against the government for its pricing based on the level of installation of the 5G network by 2022, which could push the redistribution price to 3.9 trillion won.
The carriers found the offer 'unrealistic' and overpriced.
Earlier this week, the government demanded at least 3.2 trillion won from the carriers for the 2G, 3G, 4G frequency bands to be redistributed next year, nearly double their 1.65 trillion won proposal.
But since sales of 4G LTE bands have increased, the Ministry of Science and ICT said there's a need for optional pricing based on the level of installation of the 5G network.
4G LTE users consist of 77 percent of South Korea's total 70 million mobile subscriptions as of September.
As of August, the three carriers had each installed around 40,000 to 50,000 5G base stations over the past two years. At that installation rate, carriers will likely have about 100,000 base stations by 2022.
Hana Financial Investment analyst Kim Hong-sik said that the total capital expenditure by the three mobile carriers will likely reach over 8 trillion won next year.
The government will finalize the price by the end of this month and start taking applications for redistribution next month.