SEOUL – The number of subscribers to the new 5G mobile phone network in South Korea has passed 1 million in a little over two months since the service became operational commercially, the country’s government said on Wednesday.
The 1 million mark was crossed on Monday, 69 days after the 5G network was first made available to users, the Ministry of Science, ICT (information and communications technology) and Future Planning said in a statement.
On April 3, South Korea became the first country to roll out the latest fifth generation (5G) telephone network on a large scale.
With the increasing number of users, the number of mobile base stations across the country reached 61,246 this week, which is 6.9 percent more than last month.
The three operators offering 5G services have also begun to install signal relay nodes at airports, train stations and shopping malls.
Even though South Korea has the most extensive 5G networks available in the world, the connection remains limited to several pockets of the population while coverage is improved, given that it requires more repeaters than the 4G LTE system.
Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, the two South Korean firms that have commercialized 5G compatible phones, have recently launched software patches for reception problems experienced by users.
The 5G technology is believed to play a key role in the so-called fourth industrial revolution as it allows for significantly faster data transmission and can connect more devices at a time, providing support for the roll out of the Internet of Things.