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5G in South Korea: Where Success Started for 5G

July 2019 | 27 pages | ID: 5F2256C2E80EN
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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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