One year and a month after the commercial launch, 5G commercial mobile service has reached a milestone in South Korea. According to the latest data released by the three local operators in May, the local government said the operators ’5G customer base reached 6.9 million by the fifth month, which is just 10% of the country’s approximately 69.43 million mobile market. Local players are responsible in part for the huge sums spent on network development and marketing, while the terminals, 5G smartphones, are provided by two Korean-based electronics manufacturers in the world market, Samsung and LG.
The competent Korean In addition, according to statistics released by the Ministry on a monthly basis, the number of 5G customers in the country increased by a record amount in May, with almost 537,000 switching to devices and / or subscriptions to use next-generation networks in one month. In the previous record month, March this year, local service providers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus reported an increase of about 520,000.
The three mentioned service providers launched the 5G commercial service in the country essentially simultaneously in April last year, and over time, the companies have spent huge sums on both development and marketing activities. These investments are now beginning to pay off, with more than 115,000 5G base stations now in operation in the country, and the size of the development budget is well illustrated by the fact that the three local operators will spend $ 3.4 billion on 5G in the first half of this year. s
The huge amount of expense is not only needed to commission additional antennas and stations. Although the new generation radio networks, even in South Korea, are quasi-backbone of the previous generation, operating through the previous core networks (so-called 5G non-standalone topology), the operators are ready to launch the first chemically pure 5G elements this year. segments (5G standalone).
Other developments expected this year include the commercial launch of a 5G data communication network based on a millimeter-wavelength frequency, and related developments have also reached the finish line in South Korea. The local government allocated the necessary spectrum licenses to service providers two years ago, sharing a total of 280 MHz in the pioneering 5G band of 3.5 GHz and 2400 MHz in the 28 GHz band.
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