In less than a year after the introduction of new technology, South Korea’s 5G network now carries nearly a quarter of all wireless network traffic in the country.
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Phil Kendall, an analyst with Strategy Analytics, clearly introduced the rates of growth of South Korea’s 5G network. Particularly, data in December showed that South Korea had 4.67 million 5G connections, an increase of 313,000 that month. Since August, the monthly net increase has continued to decline. In November, the average 5G usage was 27.3GB, while 4G was 9.7GB. Also, 3G was 0.16GB, and 2G was 4MB. 5G now accounts for 21% of mobile connection traffic.
The reason for South Korea’s 5G network traffic is that most South Korean 5G customers sign up for the unlimited data plan. Currently, more than two-thirds of 5G users in South Korea have adopted unlimited plans, far exceeding 4G and 3G users. 5G users in South Korea consume an average of 33GB per month in the fourth quarter of 2019.
South Korea has long been a technology testing ground, thanks to a large number of tech-savvy citizens and the government’s emphasis on innovation. Although South Korea has long been ahead in 5G, China’s promotion of 5G will undoubtedly overwhelm South Korea’s 5G network. Although 5G is still only a few months in China, as of the end of 2019, China’s three major mobile network operators have provided 5G services in 50 cities. Besides, they have deployed 130,000 base stations, and serve about 10 million users.
Currently, there are three South Korea’s 5G network operators in South Korea: SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus. Among them, SK Telecom has a leading position in the 5G market share.