Korea's 5G net additions were only 313,000, down from over 800,000 in August, Phil Kendall of Strategy Analytics reports. Three months ago, the carriers were confident the pace would continue and that by the end of the year, the total would be over 5 million. In fact, the total was only 4.67 million due to the shortfall at the end of the year.
Phone subsidies have been cut sharply from the $400-600 earlier in the year. Deployment, at over 80%, is the highest in the world but the 90% target for yearend has been missed. The Korean press has been reporting reliability problems, even in Seoul.
5G, as the technical experts have been warning since 2018, is not coming close to the extraordinary hype.