SEOUL, South Korea -- SK Telecom today announced that it became the first mobile operator in the world to exceed the 1 million 5G subscriber mark. This milestone, achieved on August 21, 2019, further solidifies the company's leadership in the field of 5G. The company's 5G subscribers now take up more than 3.5 percent of its total subscriber base of 28 million.
SK Telecom has attracted 1 million 5G subscribers in just 140 days after launching the world’s first 5G smartphone on April 3, which is twice faster than its LTE uptake rate. After commercializing the LTE service in July 2011, the company hit the 1 million LTE subscriber mark in eight months.
The 5G service is also driving up customers' data usage. According to SK Telecom’s analysis on 5G subscribers, the average monthly data usage of customers who switched devices from LTE to 5G has increased about 65 percent from 20.4GB (LTE) to 33.7GB (5G).
The recent launch of Galaxy Note 10 5G is expected to further drive the increase of 5G subscribers. SK Telecom has launched three 5G smartphones – Galaxy S10 5G, V50 ThinQ 5G, Galaxy Note 10 5G – so far and plans to strengthen its 5G device line-up.
Since the 5G commercialization, SK Telecom has offered diverse innovative 5G contents and services including AR and VR that provide immersive experiences in media and eSports.
Moreover, based on its strong 5G leadership, SK Telecom is collaborating with various global partners to boost the ecosystem for 5G-based business models.
Ryu Young-sang, Vice President and Head of MNO Business of SK Telecom, said, "SK Telecom will continuously develop innovative contents and services specially designed and optimized for 5G network to provide differentiated experiences to our 5G subscribers."