SK Telecom’s journey in commercialising 5G

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This is part 1 of a 3-part series taking an in-depth look at how 5G pioneers have evolved their approaches to commercialisation since launch, navigating a maze of factors such as handset availability, technology immaturity and more. What should others take from their experience to date?


Format: PDF filePages: 36 pagesCharts: 15Author: Nicola WarrenPublication Date: April 2021

Table of contents

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Recommendations
    • Next steps
  • Introduction
  • 5G performance to date
  • Details of launch
  • Consumer propositions
    • At launch
    • …And now
  • Business and enterprise propositions
    • At launch
    • …And now
  • Analysis of 5G market development
    • What next?
    • mmWave
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: Factors influencing 5G monetisation
  • Figure 2: SKT quarterly subscriber numbers (millions)
  • Figure 3: Total ARPU trend following 5G launch
  • Figure 4: Results of June 2018 spectrum auction
  • Figure 5: SKT’s network at launch
  • Figure 6: SKT consumer propositions at launch
  • Figure 7: South Korean OTT content consumption channels
  • Figure 8: SKT’s flagship plans
  • Figure 9: SK Telecom’s cluster criteria
  • Figure 10: SKT business propositions at launch
  • Figure 11: Current SKT business propositions
  • Figure 12: The Korean government’s 5G+ Strategy
  • Figure 13: Possible 5G monetisation influencing factors
  • Figure 14: SKT’s 5G monetisation areas
  • Figure 15: SKT current consumer 5G propositions

Keywords: 5G standalone, AI, AR, ARPU, edge, eSports, fixed wireless access, gaming, government policy, MEC, mmWave, MVNOs, Private 5G, SK Hynix, smart factory, spectrum, VR