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Korean regulator to slash mobile internet fees

Friday 25 September 2009 | 09:10 CET | News
Korea's telecommunications regulator is expected to lower the price of internet services on mobile devices by the end of this year, with the upcoming launch of Apple's iPhone and the general trend towards such services. The Korea Communications Commission will cut mobile phone rates by 20 percent by next year, and additional details of the price cut will be announced around the Chuseok holidays, said Choi See-joong, chairman of the KCC, during a National Assembly telecommunications committee meeting, the JoongAng Daily reports. The main focus in the KCC's cutting of mobile phone and wireless internet service fees will involve banning mobile phone subsidies in exchange for cheaper rates and pushing operators to expand payment plans to include reasonable payment packages for smartphones. The KCC also plans to introduce MVNOs in which non-telecommunication companies will be able to provide wireless services by borrowing bandwidth from mobile carriers. The KCC will allow the sale of iPhones in Korea, after making an exception to the law that requires mobile phones sold here to use only domestic location-based technology.


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