South Korea's mobile operators have already racked up over 260,000 5G subscribers since launching full-fledged services on April 3, government figures indicate.
Yonhap Newsreports that SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus have been rapidly adding 5G customers during the first month of commercial 5G operations.
Meanwhile the number of 5G base stations in the market has increased to over 54,200, up 7% from April 22. But coverage remains restricted to urban and dense population areas in capital city Seoul.
But South Korean operators' haste to be first to market with 5G for smartphones has led to some initial complaints over the coverage and speed of the 5G networks.
According to the Ministry of Science and ICT, many of these initial complaints are being addressed, but more are expected to come to light as more people start using the networks.