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How high is the 5G penetration rate in South Korea, it is actually 13 times that of China

  • Author:DH
  • Release on :2020-04-20

Recently, according to Korean media reports, as of April 2 South Korea ’s 5G users have reached 5.77 million, and it is also the country with the second largest number of 5G users in the world. The first place is China. But in terms of 5G coverage, South Korea has reached 9.67%, which is 14 times that of China.

Of course, this is also because South Korea ’s land area is much smaller than that of China, but I have to admit that South Korea ’s 5G development rate is very fast. It started operating 5G networks in April last year. At the end of last year, local 5G users in South Korea It has exceeded 5 million, and the number of 5G base stations nationwide has reached 115,000, with a penetration rate of 9.67%. In comparison, China ’s 5G coverage is only 0.69%, and that of the developed countries such as the US and the UK is only 0.63% and 0.56%, respectively.

South Korea ’s ability to achieve this result is inseparable from the strong support of local operators. In 2019, South Korea ’s three major operators reached 8.08 trillion won (equivalent to RMB 46.9 billion) in 5G investment. A year-on-year increase of 60%. This is a very amazing number, and according to the report given by Counterpoint Research, an authoritative market research organization, half of the mobile phones sold in South Korea this year are 5G mobile phones, and this year will account for Last year's 28% rose to 58%.

At the same time, in the first half of this year, South Korean operators will further increase their investment to 4 trillion won, an increase of more than 50% year-on-year. South Korea said it will cover the 5G network in crowded areas such as subways, airports, and commercial streets this year.

Although China's current 5G coverage is still relatively low, China is also the country with the fastest growing 5G network in the world. I believe that in the next few years, we can also enjoy the extremely fast experience brought by 5G networks anytime, anywhere.