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South Korea - Infrastructure and Broadcasting


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South Korea has transformed its 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. This report considers those aspects of infrastructure investments along with developments in TV broadcasting including satellite and cable TV and the conversion to digital broadcasting in 2012. This report then considers the ‘new economy’ investments in Smart Infrastructure including Smart Grids and Smart Cities.

Key Developments:

South Korea aims to become one of the top 10 aerospace powers in the world by 2015 which is backed by investments of over KRW 2.5 trillion; a 10-fold expansion of international bandwidth since 2007; aims for a nationwide Smart Grid by 2030 and trials underway on Jeju Island; new laws passed for Smart Grids; Green Economy initiatives driving investments in Smart Cities; trials of 3D broadcasts in tandem with regular 2D broadcasts; direct deals by Samsung with companies including Skype and music streamer Spotify

Companies covered in this report include:

KT; SK Telecom; LG U+; SK Broadband; KARI; SkyLife;


1. Synopsis
2. National submarine cable infrastructure
3. International submarine cable infrastructure
4. Satellite infrastructure
4.1.1 KT
4.1.2 LG U+
4.1.3 SK Telecom
4.1.4 Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
5. Internet infrastructure
5.2 Internet eXchange (IX)
5.3 South Korea registered domains
5.4 IPv6
5.5 South Korea international internet bandwidth
6. Television infrastructure
6.1 National television networks
6.2 Digital TV
6.3 Satellite TV
6.3.1 KT SkyLife (Korea Digital Broadcasting Co Ltd)
6.4 Cable TV (CATV)
6.4.1 Cable TV broadcasters
6.4.2 Digital cable TV
6.5 Broadcasting deregulation
6.6 Nationwide Terrestrial 3D Broadcast
6.7 TV Music Streaming
7. Smart grids
7.1 Smart grid: new laws
7.2 Smart grid stages: 2010 - 2030
7.3 Five smart grid implementation areas
7.4 Jeju Island
8. Smart cities
8.1 New Songdo City
8.2 Busan
9. Related reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 – Registered .kr domains – 1993 - 2012
Table 2 – Number of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses – 1997 - 2012
Table 3 – International bandwidth – 1997 - 2010
Table 4 – DTH subscribers – 2002 – 2012
Table 5 –Cable TV operators and subscribers – Q2 2010
Table 6 – Analogue and digital cable TV subscribers – 2002 – 2010, 2012 (e)
Table 7 – Comparison of cost per cable TV subscriber – 2009
Table 8 – Smart grid investment to 2015
Exhibit 1 – National submarine fibre optic cables overview in South Korea
Exhibit 2 – International submarine fibre optic cables overview in South Korea
Exhibit 3 – KOREASAT satellite status
Exhibit 4 – Interconnection status by IX - 2011
Exhibit 5 – Regional TV broadcasters in South Korea
Exhibit 6 – Smart grid implementation areas
Exhibit 7 – Phased implementation plan of Jeju Smart Grid: 2010 - 2013

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