SK Telecom’s (pre standard) 5G is live in Seoul. Network Coverage Map Available

Following SK Telecom’s announcement on launching 5G smartphone service on April 3rd, there are continued interests around 5G service available in S Korea and details on actual coverage around the nation.

Therefore, on April 12, 2019, SK Telecom has introduced its 5G network coverage map to further enhance customer convenience through transparent communication. With this 5G coverage map, customers can now check the 5G service availability in Korea at SK Telecom’s 5G coverage map shows that the company’s 5G network currently covers most areas of Seoul. The size of Seoul is 233.7 square miles, which is close to that of Chicago (234 square miles), Illinois.

SK Telecom 5G

The company has switched on its mobile 5G network on December 1, 2018, in selective areas of 13 cities including Seoul and six metropolitan cities, and has expanded its network coverage to main areas of 85 cities nationwide prior to launching its 5G smartphone service. The 5G network coverage map will be continuously updated as the company builds up more 5G base stations throughout the nation. In particular, it is expanding in-building coverage centered around 120 department stores, shopping malls and airports throughout the nation, and will expand 5G network coverage to nationwide subways, national parks and festival sites in the second half of 2019. We sincerely hope that this information will be useful for your future 5G-related reports.


SK Telecom has also introduced four different plans for its commercial 5G offering.

The ‘Slim’plan offers 8 GB of data (1 Mbps speeds after the data cap is reached) at KRW 55,000 ($48) per month and the ‘5GX Standard’ plan comes with 150 GB of data (5 Mbps speeds after data cap) at KRW 75,000 ($66) per month.

Customers who subscribe to ‘5GX Prime’ (200 GB of data for $84 per month) or ‘5GX Platinum’ (300 GB of data for $110 per month) plans through the end of June 2019 will be able to use unlimited data without speed restrictions at KRW 89,000 ($78) and KRW 125,000 ($110) per month, respectively. Unlimited data will be provided on that promotional basis through the end of December, according to the operator.

The telco said it plans to update its price plans after analyzing the data usage patterns of subscribers of unlimited plans.

SK Telecom announced that it has secured around 8,000 different content in diverse areas including video games, ultra-high definition, augmented reality, virtual reality and communications.

Rival operator KT recently confirmed it has already deployed 15,000 5G base stations in Seoul and will install a total of 30,000 5G base stations across the country by April 5.

The carrier said that its 5G commercial offering will be available in 85 major cities nationwide by the end of 2019.

Meanwhile, LG Uplus said it has already deployed a total of 18,000 5G base stations in Seoul and surrounding areas as well as some metropolitan cities. The carrier announced plans to install 50,000 base stations within the first half of the year.

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3 thoughts on “SK Telecom’s (pre standard) 5G is live in Seoul. Network Coverage Map Available

  1. Percepto uses SK Telecom’s 5G network to fly autonomous drones

    Autonomous drones have successfully been flown by Percepto over SK Telecom’s 5G trial network.

    SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea and commercialised its 5G network in December 2018.

    Dain SNT, Percepto’s representative in Korea, has been collaborating with SK Telecom to apply Percepto’s solutions to SK Telecom’s commercial 5G network.

    Percepto is a drone-in-a-box (DIB) solution that provides a range of communications schemes to its global customers. It also offers autonomous flights over cellular networks. This milestone prepares Percepto to provide its customers with significant operational advantages including better real-time video stream quality; reduced battery consumption, which means longer mission times; and greater distances and readiness for greater data processing in real time.

    Earlier this year Percepto was recognised by Frost & Sullivan for its onboard computing processing capabilities, allowing Percepto to conduct real-time analytics. Supported by 5G networks, Percepto users are more likely to gain faster and more accurate aerial insights.

    “We are proud to have been selected by SK Telecom to demonstrate the potential of both 5G and autonomous drones,” said Percepto Chief Executive Officer Dor Abuahsira.

  2. Since announcing the beginning of the Age of Hyper-Innovation by launching the world’s first 5G service based on smartphones on April 3, 2019, SK Telecom has been focusing on offering differentiated 5G services and content based on its advanced network security and operation technologies, as well as close partnerships with ICT companies throughout the globe, while also promoting early stabilization of the 5G network. Building on its 5G infrastructure, the company plans to seek diverse business opportunities in the areas of media, security and commerce.

    Media business is keen to develop new opportunities in 5G-based media in collaboration with many broadcasting companies to increase IPTV subscribers, expand mobile OTT business and secure new content and services. In addition, the company expects to create new business models and synergies by combining its existing service platforms with the capabilities of the newly acquired digital advertisement firm Incross.

    Security business is projected to develop a new market by introducing innovative security services that integrate SK Telecom’s ICT with industry-leading security technologies of ADT Caps and SK Infosec, the companies that have recently joined the SK ICT Family*.

    *SK ICT Family refers to ICT companies under SK Group including SK Telecom and its subsidiaries.

    May 7, 2019

    In Commerce business, 11st has reached its quarterly break-even point as it carried out a healthy growth strategy, refraining from exhaustive competition in terms of price and delivery. Plans are underway to improve both profitability and growth of the commerce business through collaboration between 11st and the newly acquired subsidiary SK Stoa, the operator of T Commerce Channel.

    “SK Telecom will continue to improve its earnings performance and secure a solid basis to grow into New ICT company by achieving balanced growth of its four main business areas and developing new business opportunities in areas such as AI, IoT, big data and mobility,” said Yoon Poong-young, Chief Financial Officer of SK Telecom.

  3. SK Telecom showcases potential of 5G in VR streaming

    SK Telecom is demonstrating the potential of 5G to enable virtual reality video streaming by developing exclusive VR content for a popular reality TV series.

    The company is offering 100 exclusive VR clips related to the Produce X 101 idol audition program on the oksuku OTT video service.

    The new content, added to a dedicated menu within the SKT-5GX section of the streaming app, will be provided to SK Telecom customers free of charge. The company is currently offering around 400 VR video clips on this section of the streaming app.

    SK Telecom said it has utilized 5G technologies for the planning, filming and delivery phases of the project. The company used 3D ultra-high definition video cameras to film joint performances, and applied video distortion correction technology to produce realistic and natural 3D video.

    “SK Telecom is witnessing a dramatic rise in the use of VR video contents on ‘oksusu’ since the launch of its 5G service,” the company’s 5GX VP and head of service business group Yang Maeng-seog said.

    “SK Telecom will continue to provide customers with a differentiated 5G experience by rapidly expanding dedicated services and contents on diverse themes.”

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