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South Korean cellcos look to deploy LTE on the Liancourt Rocks

11 Dec 2012

South Korea’s three mobile network operators have reportedly submitted an application to set up a mobile base station on the disputed Liancourt Rocks – the islets are claimed by both South Korea and Japan, and are known as Dokdo in the former and Takeshima in the latter – with a view to providing Long Term Evolution (LTE) services there. According to the Chosun Ilbo, SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus have set out plans to utilise a pylon and microwave equipment that has already been constructed in the area by KT, with all three agreeing to share the infrastructure in order to limit environmental impact. Commercial 4G services are now expected to launch in February 2013, with the report citing an official at the Cultural Heritage Administration – which is in charge of the environment on the islets – as saying that it was reviewing the application positively, thanks in part to the cellcos’ plan to utilise the existing infrastructure.

South Korea, KT Corp, LG Uplus, SK Telecom (SKT)

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