LG U+ delivers the fastest 5G speeds and lowest latency among all networks in South Korea, according to a report from RootMetrics by IHS Markit. The study found that each operator’s median download speeds on 5G were much faster than those on non-5G mode or LTE. All three operators, namely LG U+, KT and SK Telecom, were on 5G during at least 42.2 percent of RootMetrics download tests.
The report further indicates that KT and LG U+ led in latency, with both operators’ 5G median download latency twice as fast as that recorded in non-5G mode. LG U+ had a 5G median download speed of 426.4 Mbps and the operator’s non-5G mode median download speed was 96.1 Mbps would take closer to 51 seconds. LG U+ also delivered the fastest 5G maximum download speed at 902.7 Mbps.
KT delivered the slowest 5G median download speed across all networks at 163.0 Mbps. SK Telecom, meanwhile, delivered strong speeds that were faster than those of KT but not as fast as those of LG U+. SK Telecom’s 5G median download speed reached 286.9 Mbps, and its non-5G mode median download speed was 115.3 Mbps.
South Korea recently reached the milestone of 2 million 5G subscribers in four months after the service was commercially launched on the local market, Yonhap news agency reports, citing industry data. The country’s three mobile operators SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus commercially launched fully-fledged 5G mobile networks on 3 April. The number of South Koreans with subscriptions to a 5G service stood at 260,000 at the beginning of May, to reach 1 million in mid-June.