Tesla Korea has declared the country’s first mission-critical telecom business to operate.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and Communications announced on April 28, 2020, that Tesla Korea, an electric vehicle import and sales company, has met all reporting requirements stipulated by the Telecommunications Business Law.

Tesla provides connectivity services for the sale of its electric vehicles and for the convenience of its customers, allowing Tesla vehicles sold in Japan (with built-in LTE modems) to use the carrier’s backbone communications services to provide real-time traffic information, music and video streaming services, and more.

The relevant reporting requirements include (1) incidental use of period communication services while providing one’s own goods or services, (2) the provision of goods or services is possible even if the incidental use function is deleted, (3) voice calls are not possible except for use of special number telephone services (112, 119, etc.), and (4) billing for use.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and Communication eased the entry restrictions in June last year to “declare” instead of registering when businesses engaged in industrial fields, rather than communications such as automobiles and home appliances, attempt to sell goods or services that incidentally contain mission-critical communications services.

Tesla Korea’s entry into the mission-critical carrier is the first case of a telecom business notification after the deregulation law came into effect. Currently, car companies such as Hyundai-Kia, Ssangyong, Renault-Samsung, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche are providing services through the registration of separate telecommunications businesses before the Relaxation of Entry Restrictions Act.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and Communication plans to strengthen the publicity of the “declaration of communication business in the coming period” system to expand the communication market for converged services that incidentally use mission-critical communication services in other industrial fields such as wearables, bicycles and athletic shoes.