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Dearth of 3G applications revives 2G

Posted: 23 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:South Korean users  mobile 3G services  3G mobile users 

According to Data from the Korea Telecom Operators, an increasing number of 3G mobile subscribers are returning to 2G due to lack of compelling services on 3G. The report cited that the users do not find 3G services, such as video calls, fast music/movie downloads and enhanced roaming services, necessary.

This is according to a report from The Korea Herald, which cited that the data showed some 1,265 3G subscribers switched back to 2G services in February, 2,267 in March, 2,200 in April and 2,416 from May 1-17.

Industry watchers attributed the trend to lack of compelling services on 3G. They added that Users do not find 3G services, such as video calls, fast music/movie downloads and enhanced roaming services, necessary. Even Japan, which has a 3G penetration rate approaching 74 per cent, failed to find killer applications for 3G.

Korea Telecom Freetel (KFT) also saw 267 revert to 2G in February, 941 in March, 1,004 in April and 1,372 this month. KTF currently has about 500,000 3G subscribers. Also, SK Telecom (SKT) had 827 switching from 3G to 2G in February, 1,013 in March and 924 in April.

The operators, however, noted that majority of downgrading customers did not change carriers. In April, 57 per cent of KTF and 96 per cent of SKT customers stayed with the same network.




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