South Korea ends July with 25.1 million 5G subscribers

5G accounted for 33.3% of all cellular subscriptions in South Korea in July

South Korea ended July with 25.1 million subscribers within the 5G section, native press reported, citing information from the Ministry of Science and ICT.

Native carriers in South Korea had initially launched 5G providers three years and three months in the past.

5G accounted for 33.3% of all cellular subscriptions within the nation. Nonetheless, the expertise accounted for 72.4% of the general on-line visitors.

In the meantime, 4G LTE accounted for 62.5% of all cellular subscriptions in South Korea and 27.6% when it comes to total on-line visitors.

The ministry additionally reported that 5G subscribers used a median of 27.9 GB of visitors in July, whereas LTE subscribers used 8.4 GB.

South Korea was the primary nation to launch business 5G networks in April 2019 and at present has 5G protection throughout its 85 cities.

Korean cellular operators have deployed a complete of 202,903 5G base stations as of the tip of February, in accordance with earlier reviews. This determine is equal to 23% of complete 4G LTE base stations put in in South Korea.

In June 2018, the ICT ministry accomplished an public sale for 5G frequencies through which native carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus secured spectrum to launch 5G providers within the Asian nation.

SK Telecom and KT every received 100 megahertz within the 3.5 GHz band whereas LG Uplus had obtained a bloc of 80 megahertz of spectrum.

In July, LG Uplus secured an extra 20 megahertz of spectrum to make use of for 5G. The Ministry of Science and ICT had mentioned it might allocate the three.4-3.42 GHz frequency band to LG Uplus, along with the three.42 to three.5 GHz spectrum that the telecom firm purchased in 2018.

LG Uplus had requested the Korean authorities final July for an extra 20 megahertz of spectrum to spice up its 5G choices.

In December of 2021, the nation’s Science and ICT ministry had mentioned it might open bidding for added 5G networks within the 3.4-3.42 GHz spectrum, as requested by LG Uplus, which is the nation’s smallest cellular operator.

Nonetheless, SK Telecom and KT complained concerning the ministry’s determination. They mentioned that LG Uplus was at a relative benefit in using that spectrum as a result of it’s closest to the provider’s present frequencies, so it’s going to price significantly much less for LG Uplus to put it to use.

SK Telecom and KT didn’t bid on this newest spectrum public sale as a result of the three.4-3.42 GHz band was adjoining to the three.42-3.5 GHz band that LG Uplus already had. To be able to use that spectrum vary, SK Telecom and KT must put extra effort and expense into aggregating separate frequency blocks.

In response to a earlier report by the GSMA, 5G connections accounted for 33% of complete cellular connections in South Korea final 12 months, whereas this expertise will signify 73% of complete connections in 2025.

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