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Friday, April 12 2019 - 10:00
KT Launches World's First Commercial 5G Network
SEOUL, South Korea, April 12, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- KT Corp., First to Announce Unlimited Data Plans for 5G, No Speed Cap
- Korean Telecom Leader Provides Most Nationwide 5G Service Coverage
- KT Offers 8 'Super Power' 5G Services Across Key Content Categories

KT Corporation (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT), South Korea's largest 
telecommunications company, has officially launched the world's first 
nationwide commercial fifth-generation (5G) wireless network in South Korea, 
ushering in a new era of super-fast and ultra-reliable connectivity for 
consumers and businesses.

Photo -
(KT Chairman Hwang Chang-Gyu (second from left) inspects new 5G infrastructure 
in downtown Seoul with leaders from the company's Network Strategy Unit: from 
left, Chang-Seok Seo, Executive Vice President; Sung-Mok Oh, President; and 
Jin-ho Choi, Executive Vice President.)

KT unveiled the first business-to-consumer (B2C) subscriber for its nationwide 
next-generation wireless network on April 3. The first customer uses Samsung 
Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S10 5G, the world's first available smartphone with 
built-in 5G. KT launched business-to-business (B2B) network service in December 

The Korean telecom leader has been pioneering 5G innovations since its Chairman 
Hwang Chang-Gyu first envisioned the world's first and best commercial 5G 
network at the MWC 2017. KT is also the first to offer unlimited data plans for 
its 5G network services, allowing people to get the best of 5G's super-fast and 
ultra-low latency connectivity.

"KT has been the top global leader in 5G commercialization, not to mention it 
successfully showcased the world's FIRST trial 5G services at the PyeongChang 
Winter Olympic Games in February last year," Chairman Hwang said in a note to 
employers. "We will become the number one operator of the next-generation 
intelligent platform, delivering the first and best 5G network services 
throughout South Korea."

As South Korea’s number one 5G network operator, KT is leading the global race 
for 5G commercialization, outpacing rivals from China, Japan and Vietnam to 
Switzerland the UAE and the U.S. 5G connections will reach 1 billion worldwide 
in mid-2023 and 2.7 billion by 2025, taking less time than 4G to reach this 
milestone, according to a latest report by CCS Insight.

The next-generation 5G technology is up to 20 times faster than the current LTE 
or 4G networks, offering extremely low latency and the ability to connect more 
devices at once. The South Korean government pledged this week to support the 
completion of the full-nationwide 5G network by 2022 and raise more than 30 
trillion won to invest in the world’s best 5G ecosystem.

KT, First to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for 5G, No Speed Cap

Korea's leading 5G service provider is the first to offer unlimited data plans 
without a speed cap, allowing subscribes to fully enjoy next-generation 
wireless services, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 
high-definition movies and cloud-based games.

KT's 5G Super Plans come in three packages: Basic (80,000 won per month), 
Special (100,000 won per month) and Premium (130,000 won per month), each 
offering unlimited roaming services in 185 countries. Customers can receive a 
25 percent discount to join any of these Super Plans on a 2-year contract and 
an extra 25 percent off by signing up with a family member.

Light data users can subscribe to 5G slim, which caps speed at 1Mbps after 8GB 
of data for 55,000 won per month.

Allowing subscribers access to unlimited 5G data at an affordable price is 
essential in today's new era of super-fast speed and ultra-low latency 
connectivity. KT's 5G pricing scheme for the first unlimited data plans will 
help lay the groundwork of the 5G industrial ecosystem in South Korea and the 
rest of the world.

Korean Telecom Leader Provides Most Nationwide 5G Service Coverage

KT deployed the first phase of its commercial 5G network across South Korea in 
November 2018. The nationwide service primarily covers the country's most 
populated areas, including the capital Seoul and its surrounding metropolitan 
area, six other metropolitan cities, most of all 85 major cities, 70 large 
shopping malls and discount stores and 464 college campuses.

Korea's mobile leader, formerly known as Korea Telecom, has also exclusively 
built its commercial 5G network to cover the country's key transportation 
routes, including two major highways, six airports, and the ground section of 
high-speed railways. The company plans to expand the coverage to subways and 
key sites such as public offices and university hospitals.

KT is the first local carrier providing updated 5G coverage information to the 
public. The company is offering a visualized map ( at 
its corporate website documenting its 5G-serviced areas across the country, 
updated regularly by cities and districts.

To better support 5G's ultra-low latency, KT also operates mobile edge 
computing (MEC) telecom centers in eight major cities, including one on Jeju 
Island, the country's southernmost territory. Using the largest number of MEC 
centers, the company can process data from handsets closest by to enable more 
reliable and seamless transmission.

Low latency is vital for 5G users to enjoy immersive media such as cloud-based 
streaming games and AR/VR as well as other key services such as autonomous 

KT to Offer Eight 'Super Power' 5G Services Across Key Content Categories

Korean consumers are known as early adopters of technology. KT subscribers, 
with 5G smartphones, will be the first to experience the best of the 
next-generation wireless network.

Upon full-scale 5G commercialization, KT plans to focus on eight "super power" 
services in the three categories of killer content, namely communications, 
games and media. All eight services include: narle, Real 360, eSports Live, 
Streaming Games, Real Genie Pack, GiGA Live TV, Pro Baseball Live and Musician 

 narle is a video call app using 3-D and AR technologies for up to eight people 
at once. Real 360 is an app that allows a one-person broadcaster and as many as 
four users to communicate in 360¢X ultra-high-definition (UHD) live-streaming. 
eSports Live is the world's first and only dedicated app that allows each user 
to watch a set of five screens simultaneously for StarCraft, Battlegrounds and 
other video games.

KT's 5G customers can also enjoy streaming mobile games such as LuV Revolution 
and RAGNAROK Click H5. For music fans, KT is the world's first carrier to offer 
hi-res quality streaming using FLAC 24-bit with Real Genie Pack.

GiGA Live TV, which comes with an exclusive VR headset and content, has also 
been upgraded with a new app for 5G services including Special Force VR, the 
first online game played between smartphone users and VR devices. KT also 
debuted Pro Baseball Live and Music Live to allow 5G mobile users to watch 
matches and listen to live music from any desired view point.

"KT wants everyone to fully enjoy the new world of 5G without worry," said Lee 
Pil-Jae, head of KT"s Marketing Group. "We will continue our efforts to lead 5G 
innovations with the world's best network and services in partnership with our 
global partners."

KT also plans to create the world's first 5G theme park in partnership with 
Seoul Land, one of South Korea's first amusement parks, on the outskirts of the 
capital city. The company has already opened VRIGHT, a virtual reality theme 
park in Seoul.

KT's '5G First' Network Strategy Focuses on Latency and Speed

KT unveiled its "5G First" strategy to focus on providing the best network, 
with an emphasis on latency. By favoring the 5G network, this new strategy 
makes the best of 5G's ultra-low latency and helps conserve smartphone 
batteries about 25 percent.

Applying 5G First, KT and Samsung Electronics successfully achieved 1Gbps speed 
with the Galaxy S10 5G smartphone on KT's commercial 5G network, using 3.5 GHz 
frequency in downtown Seoul on March 26. This milestone is a part of a long 
partnership between KT and dedicated to 5G. KT and Samsung together introduced 
the world's first trial 5G services in February 2018, showcased at the 
PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

KT is also working with Ericsson to enable the national launch of commercial 5G 
services in South Korea. Ericsson is providing 3GPP standards-based 5G new 
Radio (NR) hardware and software from its complete 5G platform to cover KT's 
3.5 GHz Non-Standalone (NAA) network.

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KT Corporation, Korea’s largest telecommunications service provider, 
reestablished in 1981 under the Telecommunications Business Act, is leading the 
era of innovations in the world’s most connected country. The company is 
leading the 4th industrial revolution with high speed wire/wireless network and 
new ICT technology. KT launched the world’s first nationwide commercial 5G 
network on April 3, 2019, after successfully showcasing the world’s first trial 
5G services at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in February 2018. This is 
another milestone in KT’s continuous efforts to deliver essential products and 
services as it aspires to be the number one ICT Company and People’s Company.

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