South Korea connected to 5G already 20% of the population


The number of users connected to 5G networks in South Korea crossed the mark of 15 million people, found out the analysts of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea. On 5G subscribers already accounted for 21.25% of the total number of 71.27 million users of mobile devices in the country. Now, until the end of June, South Korea will refuse to support outdated 2G networks to fully focus on 5G.

Three operators are responsible for the implementation of 5G technologies in South Korea: KT Corp, SK Telecom and LG Uplus. During the first quarter of 2021, all three companies showed a record increase in the user base — according to regulators, this is related to the construction of new stations 5G and the distribution of available 5G smartphones. At the end of March, KT was connected to 4.4 million 5G users, SK Telecom — 6.74 million subscribers, and LG Uplus — 3.33 million subscribers in the 5G segment. According to the results of the quarter, the 5G subscribers have already accounted for 21.25% of the total number of 71.27 million users of mobile devices in the country,

It is important to note that we are talking about commercial 5G networks. Operators provide their services on a fee basis, as a rule, for a business segment. In the near future, KT, SK Telecom and LG Uplus plans to satisfy the demand in the corporate market and only after that will move to the full service of private consumers. Such an approach was explained by representatives of operators, associated with the high cost of deploying new steps.

In July last year, Korean operators stated that they invest $ 22 billion to 2022 in the development of 5G infrastructure across the country. However, due to a pandemic and related problems in supply chains, the deadlines were shifted. Now 5G-network is available only in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and other major cities.

As for 2G-networks, KT Corp and SK Telecom have already abandoned the old format, and the remaining database of users only supports LG Uplus. This month, the operator sent a request to the government confirming the rejection of the 2G businesses by the end of June 2021. The company explained that with the launch of 5G, the need for 2G networks disappears. In addition, to support the second-generation wireless technology, you need to update the equipment. According to LG Uplus, it will be wiser to send resources to deploy more advanced 5G stations.

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