By Lee Minji
SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean mobile carriers KT Corp. and SK Telecom Co. are set to release Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5, which runs on the long-term evolution (LTE) network, Apple said Thursday.
In a launching event held in San Fransisco on Thursday, Korean time, Apple's marketing chief Philip Schiller mentioned the two mobile carriers as companies that will support the latest iPhone in the country, without specifying the release date.
The iPhone 5 is Apple's first phone to run on the LTE network, a service which has already garnered more than 10 million users, or one-third of all smartphone subscribers in South Korea.
KT and SK Telecom, which have been exclusively offering iPhone gadgets in the country, currently service the LTE network via the 850 megahertz and 1.8 gigahertz.
Meanwhile, South Korea was not included in the roughly 30 countries in which Apple plans to release the iPhone 5 this month.
The Cupertino, California firm said it plans to first roll out the phone in nine countries, including the U.S. and Japan, on Sept. 21 and later release it in 22 European countries starting Sept. 28.
Market watchers view Apple to release the latest iPhone in South Korea in October at the earliest since the gadget would have to be certified by the country's communications watchdog.
South Korea has previously not been included in the first batch of iPhone release markets. The iPhone 4S, which was unveiled in October 2011, hit local shelves on Nov. 11.