5G Live Networks: SK Telecom

Ericsson 5G networks are now switched on in South Korea - explore the case below

Ericsson 5G is live in South Korea

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On April 3, 2019 SK Telecom switched on its commercial 5G network, announcing the “Beginning of the Age of Hyper-Innovation with 5G”. The company introduced in detail its competitiveness in 5G network along with 5G price plans and services.

SK Telecom's deployment strategy

SK Telecom Korea
Focusing on major cities

SK Telecom rolled out its 5G networks on 3.5 Ghz midband in data-traffic-concentrated areas, focusing on major cities and highly populated areas like universities, high-speed trains, highways and metropolitan subways.

In the second half of 2019, SK Telecom will expand 5G network coverage to nationwide subways, national parks and festival sites.


Network solutions

Introduce 5G in midband
mmWave in hotspot

Ericsson has provided different variants of mid-band Massive MIMO in order for SK Telecom to introduce 5G. With the 4G-5G dual connectivity technology, SK Telecom’s 5G network provides top data speeds to deliver a superior user experience.  For instance, while it takes more than one minute to download a 12GB VR content via 5G network alone, it takes only 36 seconds to download the same content over SK Telecom’s 4G-5G aggregated network.

Ericsson will also support SK Telecom with mmWave technology in hotspots to cater for extreme capacity needs,  from the second half of 2019.

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SK Telecom: Go to market strategy

Position 5G early on market
Build thechnology leadership perception
Use consumer survey to differentiate from competitors

Explore Ericsson's 5G live networks and contracts

Ericsson 5G Trials

Reaching the key technological milestone of deploying 5G networks has been a joint effort - a journey and a collaboration between us and our world-leading telecom partners. Together we have managed to develop 5G technology based on real business needs. Watch the video to see what 5G now has to offer.

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Getting to 5G the easy way

The 5G switch made easy

We build the networks that delivers on the expectations of improved capacity, density, latency and agility of the 5G technology. Since 2015 we have shipped 1 million base stations with hardware already prepared for 5G. With innovations like spectrum sharing, cloud native dual-mode 5G Cloud Core for both 5G and earlier standards, and evolved Dynamic Orchestration with AI and fully automated networks slicing we continuously drive a quest to make the 5G switch easy.