SK Telecom requests permission for 2G switch-off

8 Nov 2019

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has reportedly filed a request with the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) seeking permission to shutter its 2G services. According to ZDNet, it is understood the cellco has made the application for the service shutdown with a view to refarming the spectrum it currently uses for its second-generation services, and it noted that just 2% of its mobile subscriber base were currently using 2G. Further, SKT is currently offering discounted data plans to its 2G subscribers with a view to encouraging them to migrate to its 3G, 4G, or 5G services. For its part, the MSIT has said it will look to consider the operator’s request as soon as possible.