South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) is said to have outlined plans to almost quadruple the bandwidth allocated for mobile network operators by 2023, according to Yonhap News Agency. As per a plan presented by the government ministry, an additional 1,190MHz of spectrum is expected to be freed up for use by mobile providers, on top of the 390MHz that is currently in use. The MSIP’s ‘Mobile Gwanggaeto Plan 2.0’ is said to have been designed with a view to accommodating the rapid growth in LTE network subscribers, which according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database stood at 25.646 million at the end of September 2013, more than double the 11.720 million users reported a year earlier. Under the government proposals the MSIUP has said it plans add 20MHz bandwidth in the 2.6GHz band and 40MHz bandwidth in the 2.5GHz band by 2015.
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