Flexible Frequency Use
The Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning of South Korea is examining various plans in order to boost the efficiency of frequency use.
These plans can be roughly divided into prices different from region to region that are applied to the use of radio frequency for certain purposes and the lending without government approval of unused frequency by mobile carriers.
When it comes to the former, the South Korean government is planning to supply frequency at a higher price in a region with a higher population density or a larger area. This is to prevent lopsided services in population centers that could follow IoT frequency allocation. This plan is to be applied first to regional projects for smart healthcare, smart factory operation, radar placement, IoT, sensor-based business, etc.
The latter is to facilitate the reuse of unused frequency. At present, it can be lent only after a user protection measure is prepared and the Minister of Science, ICT & Future Planning allows it to be lent. According to the plan, however, frequency can be lent for a certain period of time if the reuse is for the same purpose and a follow-up report is made. Then, mobile carriers can lend frequency to regional service providers in rural areas and the like with little hotspot demand for a higher level of radio wave management efficiency.