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KCC fines LG Uplus for sale of corporate handsets to ineligible users

8 Sep 2016

South Korean mobile network operator LG Uplus has been fined KRW1.82 billion (USD1.66 million) by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) for illegal business practices, Yonhap News Agency reports. In addition, it is understood that the regulator has imposed a business suspension on the cellco for selling handsets reserved for corporate use to residential subscribers, with LG Uplus alleged to have done so with a view to luring subscribers away from its two major rivals, SK Telecom and KT Corp. According to the KCC, around 171,600 ineligible customers were sold corporate-use handsets between January and June of this year. The report notes, however, that the ten-day business suspension will only apply to LG Uplus’ business unit which handles corporate handset sales, with this to be barred from signing up new customers during the period.

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