KT 5G prizes230KT is giving out free chicken and Starbucks coffee at the party launching 5G on April 5. This one is for real.* Seoul is covered and many other cities. By the end of 2019, 80% of the country will be ready. Korea's networks have more base stations upgraded than the entire rest of the world, excluding China.**

It will primarily be 3.5 GHz, with customer speeds mostly 100-400 meg. Lab/peak speeds will be a little over 1 gig, about the same as good LTE. They have demonstrated a combined LTE/5G system that could double that, but I don't know when it will ship.  They are offering the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G for well over US$1,000.

The price will be US$48-70. The lower price has an 8-gigabyte cap. They wanted to charge US$62 but the government held up their permission to operate until they had a cheaper offering.

The largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom, has 34,000 cells deployed. KT has 30,000 and LG+ 18,000. LG+ expects 50,000 radios by July. KT has promised 80% population coverage by the end of 2019.

LG, KT, & SK have all predicted they will be #1 in Korea and have been building furiously.  

* Verizon, AT&T and most of the other big talkers have 90% fewer sites.

** China has provided numbers. Nomura thinks 172,000 by the end of 2019, but that looks high.

 

 

 

 ** The Chinese carriers are not providing numbers yet. Nomura estimates China will have 172,000 cells by yearend, but that's probably too high. The three giants intend to spend US$4-6 billion in 2019. 

 

dave ask

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Welcome  Asia is installing hundreds of thousands of 5G radios and adding 5G subs by the tens of millions. The west is far behind. 200,000,000 in 2020

The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

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