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South Korea ends February with virtually 203,000 5G base stations: report


Telcos in South Korea space at present offering 5G companies through NonStandalone networks

Korean cellular operators have deployed a complete of 202,903 5G base stations as of the tip of February, Korean press reported, citing figures from the nation’s Ministry of Science and ICT.

This determine is equal to 23% of complete 4G LTE base stations put in in South Korea, in response to the report.

In the meantime, the variety of home 5G subscribers reached 21.57 million on the finish of final month, a quantity equal to half of the variety of LTE subscribers, which had amounted to 48.02 million.

Nonetheless, the quantity of month-to-month knowledge utilization by 5G subscribers is estimated at about 544,000 terabyte, which is 2 instances greater than 274,000 terabyte for LTE knowledge utilization, in response to the report.

The investments carried out by native carriers SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus in community infrastructure totaled KRW8.20 trillion ($6.75 billion) final yr, down from KRW8.28 trillion in 2020. Their funding in infrastructure declined for 2 consecutive years after reaching KRW9.6 trillion in 2019, when 5G companies had been launched.

Almost 30% of cellular subscriptions in South Korea had been on 5G networks on the finish of final yr, in response to earlier reviews.

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

South Korean telecom operators at present present 5G companies through NonStandalone 5G networks, which depend upon earlier 4G LTE networks.

In June 2018, the ICT ministry accomplished an public sale for 5G frequencies during which native carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus secured spectrum to launch 5G companies within the Asian nation.

SK Telecom and KT every gained 100 megahertz within the 3.5 GHz band whereas LG Uplus had obtained a bloc of 80 megahertz of spectrum.

In February, the federal government of South Korea has postponed an public sale to award extra 5G spectrum as native cellular operators SK Telecom and KT have complained concerning the course of.

In December, South Korea’s Science and ICT ministry had mentioned it will open bidding for added 5G networks within the 3.4-3.42 GHz spectrum, as requested by LG Uplus, the nation’s smallest cellular operator.

Nonetheless, SK Telecom and KT have complained concerning the ministry’s choice, as they declare that LG Uplus is at a relative benefit because the spectrum it had requested is closest to its present frequency and can value significantly much less for LG Uplus to put it to use.

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