According to Yonhap News Agency, the data from Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning shows that the number of subscribers on long-term evolution (LTE) mobile network, which was introduced in July 2011 amounted to some 23 million as of end-June, accounting for 40.8 percent of all mobile phone users. SK Telecom Co, the country's leading mobile carrier, had the largest number of LTE service subscribers with 11 million, followed by KT Corp. with 6.05 million and LG Uplus Corp. with 5.89 million.
The LTE-Advanced networks are not included in the stats released today, but according to another news report, SK Telecom’s LTE-Advanced offering passed 150,000 subscribers just two weeks after launch, illustrating interest in the service which currently comes with free upgrades. The service will offer speeds of up to 150 Mbps, with SK Telecom saying that a 800MB movie can be downloaded in less than a minute. The country actually has two deployments of the advanced LTE network with SK Telecom having rolled out the first LTE-Advanced service earlier this month, before smaller rival LG Uplus followed up with its answer to that just last week.