The first operator in the world to surpass one million 5G subscribers
South Korea’s largest mobile operator SK Telecom announced it reached one million 5G subscribers on 21 August, five months after launching 5G services simultaneously with its two competitors (KT and LG Uplus) in early April.
5G subscribers represent now more than 3.5% of its total subscriber base of 28 million. The average monthly data usage increased to 33.7 GB compared with 20.4 GB for LTE users. The company said it took eight months to reach the one million LTE subscriber mark after commercialising LTE services in July 2011.
In their Q2 earnings statements, SKT reported 530,000 5G users at end-June, KT had 420,000 and LG Uplus claimed 387,000.