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Record fine rung up against SK’s subsidies

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May 09,2005
SK Telecom has been fined 23.1 billion won ($23.1 million) for providing illegal subsidies on mobile phones. A communications committee under the Information Ministry said yesterday that it imposed fines of 26.9 billion won against the local mobile service providers SK Telecom, LG Telecom and KTF. LG Telecom was fined 2.7 billion won and KTF 1.1 billion won. SK has incurred 155.4 billion won in penalties for illegal subsidies since the discount programs were banned in 2000. The committee said it found 2,449 cases in which SK provided an average 220,000 won in subsidies per handset to distributors. by Wohn Dong-hee


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