South Korea has the world's highest number of broadband services per capita. Into 2013 over 37% of the population and 95% of households were broadband subscribers. FttX accounted for 60% of total subscriptions. Korea's policy emphasis is for a UBcN (Ultra Broadband convergence Network) with 1Gb/s speeds on fixed lines or 10Mb/s on wireless by 2012/13.This report provides an overview of South Korea's broadband market, government initiatives and technologies including cable modem, DSL, FttH, Apartment-LAN, and WiBro. VoIP and IPTV statistics are included as well as broadband statistics by technology and broadband forecasts to 2017.
Broadband population penetration over 37% and strong growth of FttH; BcN targets exceeded by end 2010; UBcN initiatives underway; WiBro subscribers near the million mark after investments of over KRW 2 trillion; VoIP subscribers pass the 11 million mark; large investments in WiFi for mobile network offload; IPTV subscriptions pass 6 million; cable operators under pressure to share content and reduce pricing; both IPTV and cable operators aiming to transition users to digital services and drive up ARPU as analogue services phased out in 2012.