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Monday, May 6, 2013

South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts - Strong LTE and FttX growth continues as data use surges across fixed and mobile networks

South Korea has one of the world’s most active telecommunications and Information Technology markets backed by strong support from the government. Spending on ICT and high-technology equipment helped lead a transformation of the economy to one that is more progressively knowledge based. Having invested significantly in ‘basic’ telecommunications infrastructure over past decades, the country has well developed submarine cable and satellite infrastructure as well as solid internet resources to support the growing demand for national and international communications. The government aims to transform the country into a knowledge-based information society in a ‘smart-age’.

The South Korean Government committed to transitioning the country to digital terrestrial, digital cable and digital satellite TV broadcasting by 2012. The pressure created by convergence had South Korea rewrite its regulatory arrangements for the broadcasting and communications sector. The operators continue to invest heavily in fibre based broadband deployments and IPTV subscriptions have passed the 6 million mark as more content is available and the operators are able to compete more effectively with their own live broadcasts.

South Korea continues to be a booming mobile market as it innovatively explores the options for value-added services. The market passed the 110% penetration rate mark into 2013 with many individuals carrying at least one mobile phone. Having launched 3G networks in 2003, these accounted for over 75% of all subscriptions. New investments are intended to drive revenue and gain market share and the year has seen strong growth in LTE after launching in 2011 and a rapid increase in smartphone adoption.
South Korea has the world’s highest number of broadband services per capita. Into 2013 over 37% of the population and 90% of households were broadband subscribers. FttX accounted for over 60% of total subscriptions. Since 2006, Korea’s policy emphasis has been on completing a BcN with wireline speeds of 50-100Mb/s per household and 1-2Mb/s on wireless connections. The plan moving forward is for a UBcN (Ultra Broadband convergence Network) with 1Gb/s speeds on fixed lines or 10Mb/s on wireless by 2012/13. In addition to upgrades to the backbone network a plan was established to link the public sector to a sensor network in 2012.
The drive towards a ‘new economy’ has seen significant investments in Smart Infrastructure including Cloud Computing, Smart Grids and Smart Cities. The emergence of a National Strategy for Green IT has seen government promotion of new industry creation into 2018 such as 4G broadcasts and 3D and Smart television.

A detailed report that covers trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and IPTV in south korea can be purchased at: "South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts" Subjects include:

ü      Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
ü      Facts, figures and statistics;
ü      Industry and regulatory issues;
ü      Infrastructure;
ü      Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU;
ü      Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
ü      Mobile voice and data markets;
ü      Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, WiBro);
ü      Convergence and digital media;
ü      Smart Grids and Smart cities;
ü      Forecasts to 2017 in fixed-line, mobile, internet and broadband subscribers.

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