The number of 5G network users in South Korea has reached 15 million users


The number of mobile phone users on 5G networks in South Korea reached more than 15 million last month, data showed, as telecom operators race to acquire more users on the latest generation networks.

As of the end of April, the number of 5G subscriptions stood at about 15 million, accounting for 21.25 percent of the country's total 71.27 million mobile phone subscriptions, according to data from the Ministry of Science and Information and Communications Technology, where South Korea has a population of 52 million.

The latter figure indicates a slowdown in the growth of 5G users compared to the beginning of the year. The country added about 671,000 5G subscriptions last month from March, while adding more than 1 million 5G users per month in January, Yonhap News Agency reports.

Major smartphone makers have not released flagship devices in the domestic market since Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series in January, and last month, the largest mobile operator SK Telecom had the largest number of 5G subscribers at 7.07 million, followed by KT Corp with 4.6 million and LG Uplus with 3.47 million.

Telecom operators in recent months have been pushing more affordable 5G smartphones, such as Samsung Electronics Galaxy Jump, to speed up the transition of users from previous generation networks. South Korean telecom operators launched 5G networks for the first time in April 2019.

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