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SKT to introduce per-second billing

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SK Telecom (SKT), South Korea’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has announced that it is to alter its billing method, and will start charging its customers for calls on a per-second basis, JoongAng Daily reports.
Since it first launched commercial services, rolling out carphone services over an analogue network in 1984, SKT has charged for calls on a ten-second basis, as its current rivals, KT Corp and LG Telecom (LGT) both also do. The move makes it the first to alter its billing strategy, and in total the cellco has said it expects the change to save its subscribers up to KRW16.8 billion (USD14.5 million) each month.

The high cost of mobile services has been an area of focus for telecoms regulator the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) in recent years, and SKT’s decision is expected to be seen as a step in the right direction by the watchdog. LGT has said that it too will restructure its billing and implement per-second charges in the near future, however, KT has said that it does not plan to adopt such a measure.

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