This past Wednesday, Apple was granted permission by South Korean regulators to sell the iPhone in the country.
The Korea Communications Commission approved the sale of the device at a meeting attended by its five commissioners, said spokesman Lee Sang-hun.
The introduction of the iPhone has been keenly awaited in South Korea, where the handset market is dominated by Samsung Electronics Co., LG Electronics Inc. and other domestic manufacturers.
Apple spokesman Steve Park said the company had no comment on the commission’s decision and added that nothing was decided or planned on the iPhone’s release in South Korea.
Local service providers, however, said they are in talks with Cupertino, California-based Apple regarding the iPhone.
“We will try to release the iPhone as soon as possible,” said Yeom Woo-jong, a spokesman for KT Corp.
And with the iPhone expected to launch in China sometime in October, Apple’s plans to expand into Asia are beginning to take shape.