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South Korea - Infrastructure and Broadcasting

South Korea - Infrastructure and Broadcasting

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 2015. This report then considers the new economy' investments in Smart Infrastructure including Smart Grids and Smart Cities.

Key Developments:

A contract was awarded in May 2014 to build KOREASAT 5A and KOREASAT 7
The number of registered domains is decreasing after peaking in 2012
The number of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses are slowly growing.
country aiming for a nationwide Smart Grid by 2030, with trials underway on Jeju Island;
New laws have been 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
Table 1 Registered .kr domains 1993 - 2015
Table 2 Number of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses 1997 - 2013
Table 3 International bandwidth 1997 - 2013
Table 4 DTH subscribers 2002 2015
Table 5 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 - 2014
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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