Number of 5G subscriptions in South Korea 2019-2020, by month

As of April 2020, South Korea had more than six million 5G subscribers. Most subscribers had a contract with SK Telecom.


In April 2019, commercial 5G was introduced to South Korea and the number of 5G subscribers has been growing ever since. Since South Korea’s 5G is one of the first networks that went live, the service had some hiccups. For example, networks still use upswitching, meaning that the users are connected to 4G networks unless they use a 5G service, such as streaming. The process of switching networks leads to higher latency. Nevertheless, those issues should be resolved once the number of 5G base stations has been increased and the providers can offer standalone 5G data plans.

Mobile internet

The usage of smartphones is an integral part of the lives of many South Koreans. It is unsurprising, given South Korea is the home country of smartphone giant Samsung and the country’s reputation to be tech-savvy. In a survey in 2019, nearly everyone between the age of 10 and 59 years old stated that they used mobile internet. In another survey, teenagers reported that they spent more than three hours per day using mobile internet on weekdays, and more than four hours per day on weekends.

Total number of 5G subscriptions in South Korea from April 2019 to April 2020, by month

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Release date

June 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

April 2019 to April 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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