SK Telecom is providing the widest 5G network coverage in Korea with respect to coverage, speed and safety and has built a total of 34,000 5G base stations in 85 cities.
The company has rolled out its 5G network in data traffic-concentrated areas, including main areas of cities nationwide (Seoul, six metropolitan cities, etc.), university districts, KTX, sports stadiums, expressways, subway lines (Seoul and Seoul Metropolitan Area) and beaches. The company is also expanding in-building coverage centered around 120 department stores, shopping malls and airports throughout the nation.
In the second half of 2019, SK Telecom will expand 5G network coverage to nationwide subways, national parks and festival sites.
SK Telecom’s 5G network supports data transmission speeds up to 2.7 Gbps which makes it ideal for streaming and downloading ultra-large volume VR and UHD content. For instance, while it takes more than one minute to download a 12 GB VR content via 5G network alone, it takes only 36 seconds to download the same content over SK Telecom’s 4G-5G aggregated network. SK Telecom’s 5G network is also designed to flawlessly support services that require ultra-low latency such as smart factory and autonomous driving.
Moreover, SK Telecom has secured the safest 5G network by applying quantum cryptography technologies to eliminate the risk of hacking and eavesdropping.
The company has also introduced 5GX price plans to be launched on April 5, 2019. 5GX price plans consist of four different plans. ‘Slim’ offers 8 GB of data (1 Mbps speed after data cap) at KRW 55,000 month and ‘5GX Standard’ comes with 150 GB of data (5 Mbps after data cap) at KRW 75,000 per month. Those who subscribe to ‘5GX Prime’ or ‘5GX Platinum’ until the end of June 2019 will be able to use unlimited data without speed restrictions at KRW 89,000 and KRW 125,000 per month, respectively.
Compared to its LTE price plans, the company is offering the same amount of 5G data at lower prices. For instance, ‘5GX 75,’ which provides 150 GB of monthly data allowance, costs KRW 4,000 less than T Plan Family (LTE plan) priced at KRW 79,000 per month.
“The AR, VR and cloud games unveiled today only mark the beginning of the age of Hyper-Innovation brought by 5G,” said Park Jung-ho, Chief Executive Officer, SK Telecom.
“SK Telecom will continue to introduce 5G-based innovative services to lead all areas of New ICT,” added Park Jung-ho.
SK Telecom has secured around 8,000 different content in diverse areas including game, ultra-high definition (UHD), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and communications. In the Game area, SK Telecom has joined hands with Riot Games to create VR and AR versions of League of Legends (LoL) Champions Korea.
The company will offer five different games including the world’s No.1 VR game Gunjack. Through partnership with Hatch, SK Telecom will exclusively provide 5+ streaming game content. It also plans to begin offering Kartrider VR under cooperation with Nexon. SK Telecom plans to offer ‘Harry Potter AR’ in the first half of 2019 through partnership with Niantic.
The has also launched the ‘SKT 5GX’ section within its OTT video service ‘oksusu’ to offer a rich variety of media contents that can be experienced via 5G. ‘SKT 5GX’ consists of three different menus namely VR, 5G MAX and UHD.
The UHD menu offers UHD (4K or higher) dramas, entertainment shows and music channel content. While watching a UHD video, users can pinch zoom the screen to enlarge the image by up to four times without quality degradations.
Furthermore, for sports fans, oksusu is offering ultra-widescreen broadcasting (12K UHD), which is three times wider than the existing UHD, as well as live broadcasting of sports games that are delivered 15 seconds earlier than other services. It also offers ‘5GX social VR,’ a service that enables multiple users to watch baseball games together in a virtual reality environment.
SK Telecom is planning to upgrade ‘T Phone,’ which is being used by 13 million subscribers in Korea, to 5G T Phone that supports UHD voice and video calling.