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Korea’s operators look to coverage and enterprise to boost 5G returns

South Korean operators have a similar set of advantages to those of their counterparts in China. On one hand, they receive significant financial and infrastructure support from their government to help achieve national 5G ambitions; and they have a close relationship with key suppliers such as Samsung, whose 5G R&D has been heavily geared to the needs of these early-moving MNOs. But on the other hand, unlike the Chinese MNOs, they are competing in a small and saturated market where additional revenues will be hard to find. So the three players – KT, SK Telecom and LG U+ – are eyeing enterprise services for the second phase of their deployments. According to KT, it expects to sign more than 100…

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