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South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-53 | Pages: 59 | Published: Mar-17
  • Published by: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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Details: South Korea Continues as a Fixed Broadband World LeaderSouth Korea has one of the worlds most active telecommunications and Information Technology (IT) markets backed by strong support from the government. As well as the commitment of the government, the sector is boosted by an innovative private sector and a technologically savvy population. Spending on ICT and high-technology equipment helped lead a transformation of the economy. The government aims to transform the country into a knowledge-based information society in a smart-age.
By 2017, KT was still the largest telephone and fixed-line company. With declining revenues from its fixed-line services, the company has forged ahead with IPTV and LTE. Competition with LG U+ and SK Broadband had intensified on many fronts ranging from IPTV to VoIP.
South Koreas mobile market has slow growth over the last few years due to a highly mature market. Organic growth by the three main mobile operators, together with the multitude of niche MVNOs will result in further growth to 2018 however growth rates will taper off further over the next few years as the market further matures. Market penetration reached 117% in 2016 and is predicted to reach between 119% and 122% by 2021 driven by the uptake of both 4G and 5G services. The split in mobile operator market share has remained relatively constant over the last two decades. LG Telecom however has made a marginal increase in market share over that time.
The mobile broadband market is highly mature in South Korea. Penetration has increased moderately over the past five years from 105% in 2012 to 111% in 2016. Prepaid voice services have not been particularly prevalent in South Korea, with the subscription model dominating the mobile market. South Korea has the worlds highest number of broadband services per capita. Koreas policy emphasis has been to establish an Ultra Broadband convergence Network (UBcN) with 1Gb/s speeds on fixed lines and 10Mb/s on wireless.
Since breaking through the 10 million subscriber mark in 2002, subscriber growth has steadily increased, reaching over 20 million fixed broadband subscribers by 2016. Market penetration is predicted to continue to grow moderately over the next five years reaching over 50% by 2021, with a market penetration of 41%. Growth is being driven by an expected increase in converged solutions being offered such as IPTV and Smart Home services. Much will depend on the continuing strength of the economy in South Korea.
Internet use is widespread in South Korea with surveys even including children as young as three years of age. The internet has permeated all aspects of society and has made a significant contribution to education even at pre-school level. Internet penetration reached 91% by 2016.
The widespread adoption of the Internet in South Korea coupled with the continued pace of development has resulted in an exciting digital economy. This report also looks at various aspects of the digital economy in South Korea that support the drive to converged services. It includes information on e-commerce users, e-banking and e-government. It also contains information on internet usage patterns.
Key developments:

ISK Telecom (SKT) signed a contract with Samsung Electronics for the deployment the worlds first commercial Internet of Things (IoT)-dedicated nationwide LoRaWAN network.
KT and Nokia Networks launched the first IoT lab in South Korea.
Three operators hold over 80% of the Korean broadband market: KT, SK Broadband and LGU+.
South Koreas broadband subscriber base continues to rise. The move towards faster speeds and becoming full-service operators is expected to further drive this trend.
FttX deployments have increased as operators try to gain customers through bundled services such as high-definition IPTV.
Growth is being driven by an expected increase in converged solutions being offered such as IPTV and Smart Home services.
South Koreas mobile network operators are expected to roll out trial 5G services in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
SK Telecom (SKT) completed a successful test of five-band carrier aggregation (5C).
SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus launched the worlds first commercial interconnected VoLTE service.Key Companies mentioned in this report:
KT; LG U+; SK Broadband; SK Telecom


Table of Contents:


1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
1.2 Background
1.3 South Koreas economy
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Market Overview
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historic overview
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.2.1 KCC - Overview and responsibilities
3.2.2 KCC - related laws
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 KT Corp
4.2 LG U+
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.1.1 Internet eXchange (IX)
5.1.2 National submarine cable infrastructure
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 International submarine cable infrastructure
5.3 Smart infrastructure
5.3.1 M2M/IoT
5.3.2 Smart grids
5.3.3 Smart cities
5.3.4 Connected / Smart homes
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market Overview and analysis
6.1.2 Broadband statistics
6.2 Broadband Technologies
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 Cable modem
6.2.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
6.2.4 Apartment LAN
6.2.5 Fibre-to-the-Home
6.3 Fixed network operators
6.3.1 Operator Statistics
6.3.2 KT Corp
6.3.3 SK Broadband
6.3.4 LG U+
6.4 Other fixed broadband services
6.4.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
7. Digital media
7.1 Cable TV (CATV)
7.2 Satellite infrastructure
7.3 Videostreaming
7.3.1 IPTV
7.4 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
7.4.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8. Digital economy
8.1 e-Commerce
8.2 e-Banking
8.3 e-Government
8.3.1 Next Generation e-government plan: 2008 - 2012
8.3.2 E-Government Global Academy (eGGA) established in South Korea
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market Overview and Analysis
9.2 Background of South Koreas mobile market
9.3 Mobile statistics
9.3.1 General statistics
9.3.2 Mobile Broadband
9.3.3 Forecasts
9.4 Regulatory issues
9.4.1 Licensing
9.4.2 Spectrum
9.5 Mobile infrastructure
9.5.1 Digital networks
9.5.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.6 Major mobile operators
9.6.1 KT Corp
9.6.2 SK Telecom
9.6.3 LG U+
9.6.4 MVNOs
9.7 Mobile content and applications
9.7.1 m-commerce
Table 1 - Country statistics South Korea - 2016
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2016
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Broadband statistics - 2016
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2016
Table 6 - National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 - KT Corp - Total Voice- PSTN and VoIP lines subscribers and teledensity - 1991 - 2016
Table 8 - KT Corps fixed-line subscribers (PSTN) and market share - 2004 - 2016
Table 9 - KT Corps VoIP subscribers - 2008 - 2016
Table 10 - LG Telecom fixed-line (PSTN and VoIP) subscribers - 2005 - 2016
Table 11 - Fixed lines and teledensity - 2012 - 2017
Table 12 - Historical Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1991 - 2011
Table 13 - International bandwidth - 1997 - 2017
Table 14 - Smart grid investments
Table 15 - Fixed broadband subscriber growth and penetration rate - 1999 - 2016
Table 16 - Broadband internet subscriber numbers by system - 1998 - 2016
Table 17 - Internet users and population penetration rates - 2003 - 2016
Table 18 - Internet usage rates by service- 2011 - 2015
Table 19 - Main purpose of using the internet - 2010 - 2013; 2015
Table 20 - Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration rates - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 21 - Cable modem subscribers - 1999 - 2016
Table 22 - Broadband cable modem (HFC) subscribers by service provider - 2015
Table 23 - DSL subscribers - 1999 - 2016
Table 24 - Historical - DSL subscribers by service provider - 2015
Table 25 - A-LAN subscribers - 2002 - 2016
Table 26 - Historic - A-LAN subscribers by service provider - 2015
Table 27 - FttH subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Table 28 - Historic - FttH subscribers by service provider - 2015
Table 29 - Broadband subscribers - market share by operator (millions) - 2005 - 2016
Table 30 - Broadband market share by operator - 2005 - 2016
Table 31 - LG U+ broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2016
Table 32 - IPTV subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2015
Table 33 - Historic - South Korea VoIP subscribers
Table 34 - Historical - Usage of e-government services
Table 35 - Mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2016
Table 36 - Historic - Mobile subscribers - 1985 - 2005
Table 37 - Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2016
Table 38 - Mobile subscribers by operator - 2002 - 2016
Table 39 - Mobile market share by operator - 2002 - 2016
Table 40 - Mobile Service ARPU per month by operator - 2009 - 2016
Table 41 - Historic - Smart phone subscribers and market share
Table 42 - Historic - Smart phone and tablet PC subscribers and market share - 2010 - 2015
Table 43 - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 44 - Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 45 - Historic - CDMA mobile subscribers by operator
Table 46 - KT Corps mobile and 3G subscribers and total market share - 2004 - 2016
Table 47 - SK Telecom mobile and 3G subscribers, ARPU - 2002 - 2016
Table 48 - SK Telecom smartphone subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2016
Table 49 - Monthly LTE usage per subscriber - 2012 - 2016
Table 50 -LG U+ revenue, net income, EBITDA - 2009 - 2016
Table 51 - LG Telecom mobile subscribers, ARPU - 2003 - 2016
Table 52 - Historic - MVNO subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2014
Chart 1 - Fixed lines and teledensity - 2012 - 2017
Chart 2 - South Korea broadband subscribers and population penetration - 2006 - 2016
Chart 3 - Broadband subscribers by operator - 2005 - 2016
Chart 4 - South Korea mobile subscriber growth, population penetration - 2006 - 2016
Exhibit 1 - Map of South Korea
Exhibit 2 - Significant telecoms operators in South Korea
Exhibit 3 - KT at a glance
Exhibit 4 - Interconnection status by IX
Exhibit 5 - National submarine fibre optic cables overview in South Korea
Exhibit 6 - International submarine fibre optic cables overview in South Korea
Exhibit 7 - Smart grid implementation areas
Exhibit 8 - Phased implementation plan of Jeju Smart Grid
Exhibit 9 - KT at a glance
Exhibit 10 - SK Broadband at a glance
Exhibit 11 - Comparison of WiBro and mobile technologies in South Korea
Exhibit 12 - KOREASAT satellite status
Exhibit 13 - E-government stages: 1980s - present
Exhibit 14 - KT at a glance
Exhibit 15 - SK Telecom at a glance
Exhibit 16 - LG U+ at a glance