SK Telecom ends Q2 with 11.7 million 5G subscriber


SK Telecom recorded a web addition of 1.81 million 5G clients in H1

SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest telecom operator, ended the second quarter of the 12 months with a complete of 11.68 million subscribers within the 5G section, up 51.8% year-on-year, the service stated in its earnings assertion.

Through the first half of 2022, SK Telecom recorded a web addition of 1.81 million 5G clients.

On the finish of the primary half of the 12 months, 5G subscribers accounted for 50% of the service’s general handset subscribers, up from 42% on the finish of final 12 months.

The telco ended Q2 with a complete of 32.55 million cell subscribers, climbing 2.9% versus Q2 2021.

In November of 2021, Swedish vendor Ericsson introduced a partnership with SK Telecom, with the intention of supporting 5G Standalone networks via the deployment of a cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core.

Ericsson and SK Telecom had initially unveiled next-generation cloud-native 5G Core networks know-how, structure, implementation and operations plans in March 2019. The seller stated that this newest cooperation builds on the present partnership. In response to Ericsson, the dual-mode 5G core is deployed on its naked metallic answer, referred to as Ericsson Cloud Native Infrastructure.

Ericsson had beforehand offered SK Telecom with 5G radio entry community (RAN) tools and community administration system for his or her industrial 5G community rollout.

The whole variety of 5G subscribers in South Korea reached almost 24 million in Might, in line with the most recent out there information from the Ministry of Science and ICT.

South Korea was the primary nation to launch industrial 5G networks in April 2019 and at the moment has 5G protection throughout its 85 cities.

Korean cell operators have deployed a complete of 202,903 5G base stations as of the tip of February, in line with earlier experiences. This determine is equal to 23% of complete 4G LTE base stations put in in South Korea.

In the meantime, Korean service LG Uplus had lately secured a further 20 megahertz of spectrum to make use of for 5G.

In July, the Ministry of Science and ICT had stated it will allocate the three.4-3.42 GHz frequency band to LG Uplus, along with the three.42 to three.5 GHz spectrum that the telecom firm purchased for KRW809.5 billion gained (at the moment $620.7 million) in 2018. LG Uplus can pay KRW152.1 billion for the extra spectrum.

LG Uplus had requested the Korean authorities final July for a further 20 megahertz of spectrum to spice up its 5G choices. In a authorities spectrum public sale in June 2018, rival operators SK Telecom and KT had secured 100 megahertz of spectrum, whereas LG Uplus had solely acquired 80 megahertz.


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