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5G Users in South Korea Already Millions, Indonesia Still Dreaming

The fifth generation or 5G cellular network in South Korea (South Korea) is starting to grow rapidly. Even South Korea for its 5G service is said to already have millions of commercial users.

Quoted from Techweb via Gizmochina, Wednesday (8/14), South Korea was one of the first countries in the world to start offering commercial 5G services. Thanks to strong demand for the latest gadgets and aggressive promotional strategies, the number of 5G customers is growing in the country.

Last June, South Korea was reported to have more than one million 5G cellular subscribers. Now, 5G users there exceed industry expectations, reaching more than two million 5G customers last week.

Reports show that South Korea now has around 2.01 million 5G users from three major telecommunications operators. Among them, SK Telecom has 840 thousand 5G customers, accounting for more than 40 percent of the market share. KT and LG Uplus each have 630 thousand and 540 thousand subscribers.

Although South Korea now has more than 2 million 5G customers, it still accounts for less than 5 percent of cellular communication users in the country. However, with infrastructure improvements such as 5G and BTS networks, as well as other 5G smartphones, the market is predicted to continue to increase substantially.

The state of Gingseng is estimated to have 4 to 5 million 5G users by the end of this year. 5G technology itself aims to provide super-fast connection speeds, low latency, and the ability to connect more devices without traffic. However, there are still some problems in the scope and speed of this next generation wireless communication system.

The minimum cost or initial price of the 5G tariff in South Korea is KRW 55 thousand or around Rp. 649 thousand for three network operators such as SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus. To note, South Korea itself is the first country in the world to launch a full 5G commercial service on April 5. It was launched even before China.

For Indonesia itself, it is predicted that 5G services will be able to be felt most quickly in 2022. That’s just a prediction. At present Indonesia is still preparing for 5G services while 4G services are still not evenly available throughout Indonesia. Commercialization schemes, network infrastructure and frequency, and regulations are still being discussed by both the government and cellular operators.

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