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 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.
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.