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5G in South Korea

5G in South Korea

Where success started for 5G

All three of South Korea’s mobile operators – KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus – have introduced the first national wide 5G consumer service in the world, in April 2019. Impressively, more than one million people have subscribed to a 5G mobile contracts in less than three months. This rate has outpaced the country’s adoption rate of 4G.

This report gives an overall view of 5G commercial in South Korea and responds the following questions :

How South Korea became the first country to launch 5G?
What is the 5G deployment pattern of the Korean operators?
What are the key drivers that led 5G a surge demand?
How 5G will reach South Korean verticals?


1. Executive Summary
2. How South Korea became the first country to launch 5G
3. 5G deployment patterns in South Korea
4. The key drivers of 5G in South Korea
5. How 5G will reach South Korean verticals
List of tables and figures
1. Executive summary
Key 5G data
2. How South Korea became the first country to launch 5G
5G services deployments
3. 5G deployment patterns in South Korea
5G architectures by KT and SK Telecom
Operator investment plans for 5G base stations, 2019 – 2023
Construction plans and number of 5G base stations, 2019 – 2023
5G Telco coverage, compared by provider
5G and LTE network coverage, compared
4. The key drivers of 5G in South Korea
5G subscription trends
The three key levers of subscriber uptake
Available 5G smartphone models
Price/subsidies compared for 5G and LTE smartphones
5G plans
Additional services specified for 5G

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