KT announced on April 30 that its 5G subscribers have exceeded 100,000. KT achieved the milestone in 22 days since 5G service started on April 5.
KT is the first among Korea’s three mobile operators to disclose the number of its 5G subscribers. SK Telecom and LG Uplus have not yet disclosed how many 5G subscribers they have attracted.
KT said it took 30 days for its 4G LTE subscribers to exceed 100,000.
Fifteen percent of KT’s 5G subscribers use a service plan that costs 55,000 won per month, the company said. The remaining 85 percent use fee plans that cost 80,000 won, 100,000 won, and 130,000 won. In addition, 65 percent of the subscribers use "superchange" that provides half the price of their handsets and "super rental" programs that rent handsets for low-cost fees.
Market watchers estimate that KT's portion of 5G users surpassed 40 percent of all 5G users. "This is the result of the industry's first unlimited data rate system, the first release of '5G coverage map' and improvement of quality through cooperation with manufacturers," said KT.