Over 30 Million Koreans Use 5G

  • By Kim Bong-kee

    May 08, 2023 12:26

    Over 30 million Koreans now use 5G mobile networks, four years after the service began here for the first time in the world.
    According to the Ministry of Science and ICT on Sunday, the number of 5G subscribers in Korea grew by 470,000 in March to 29.61 million, which means the total reached 30 million some time in April.
    SK Telecom had the highest number of 5G subscribers at 14.15 million, followed by KT with 88.8 million, LG Uplus with 6.35 million and mobile virtual network operators with 220,000.
    Korea began offering 5G in April 2019, and 4.66 million people signed up in the first year, rising to 11.85 million in 2020, 20.92 million in 2021 and 28.05 million last year.
    The number of 4G subscribers fell apace from 46.21 million at the end of 2022 to 45.99 million at the end of this March.
    "Telecoms are now offering more affordable 5G plans and many people sign up for MVNO services," an industry insider said.
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