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South Korea - Major Telecom Operators - Overview and Statistics


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After some restructuring amongst the major operators in 2009, the fixed-line telephone market in South Korea continues to be dominated by the incumbent KT. VoIP services are becoming increasingly popular as operators bundle services in a bid to stop the decline in ARPU. The operators continue to invest heavily in fibre based broadband deployments and IPTV subscriptions have passed the 5 million mark as more content is available and the operators are able to compete more effectively with live broadcasts. New investments are intended to drive revenue and gain market share and the year has seen the launch of LTE and the rapid increase in smartphone adoption. This report examines the major operators in South Korea in terms of financial and operational results and future strategies.

Key Developments:

Continued investment as each operator drives strategy to gain market share and increase revenue; deployments of LTE while WiBro passes 900,000 subscribers; increased investment in technologies such as smart grids and cloud computing, smart workplaces and the converged home; larger investment in Wi-Fi and femtocell deployments to alleviate pressure on core mobile infrastructure; launch of VoLTE; commercial launch of multi-carrier technology on 800MHz and 1.8GHz bands

Companies covered in this report include:

KT; LG U+; SK Broadband; SK Telecom


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Major Telecom Operators
3. KT Corp
3.1 Company overview
3.2 Company background
3.2.1 Fixed-line business: 1981 - 2009
3.2.2 Mobile business: 2001 - 2009
3.2.3 Converged services business: 2009 onwards
3.3 KT Corp: Financial statistics
3.3.1 KT Corp: Capex
3.4 KT Corp: Operations statistics
3.4.1 KT Corp: Home phone statistics
3.4.2 KT Corp: Internet statistics
3.4.3 KT Corp: Broadband TV statistics
3.4.4 KT Corp: WiBro statistics
3.4.5 KT Corp: Mobile statistics
4. SK Broadband
4.1 Company overview
4.2 Company background
4.3 SK Broadband: Financial statistics
4.4 SK Broadband: Operations statistics
5. SK Telecom
5.1 Company overview
5.2 Company background
5.3 SK Telecom: Financial statistics
5.4 SK Telecom: Operations statistics
5.5 SK Telecom: LTE 2.0 plans
5.6 SK Planet
6. LG U+
6.1 Company overview
6.2 LG U+: Financial statistics
6.2.1 Financial and operating highlights – 2009 - 2011
6.3 LG U+: Operations statistics
6.3.1 LG U+: Mobile statistics
6.3.2 LG U+: Fixed-line statistics
6.3.3 LG U+: Broadband statistics
6.3.4 LG U+: IPTV statistics
6.4 LG U+: “Beyond Telecom” initiatives
7. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – KT Corp revenue, net profit, capex – 2008 – 2011
Table 2 – KT Corp capex – 2010
Table 3 – KT Corp’s fixed-line (PSTN) subscribers and market share – 2003 - 2012
Table 4 – KT Corp’s VoIP and total subscribers – 2008 - 2012
Table 5 – KT Corp’s broadband internet subscribers and market share – 2003 - 2012
Table 6 – KT Corp’s IPTV subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 7 – KT Corp’s WiBro subscribers – 2007 - 2012
Table 8 – KT Corp’s mobile and 3G subscribers and total market share – 2004 – 2012
Table 9 – KT’s Voice and data ARPU – 2004 – 2011
Table 10 – KT’s smartphone subscriber trend – Q4 2009 – Q3 2012
Table 11 – SK Broadband revenue, net income, capex, EBITDA – 2003 - 2011
Table 12 – SK Broadband operating revenue split – 2008 - 2011
Table 13 – SK Broadband capex – 2006 - 2011
Table 14 – SK Broadband - broadband internet subscribers – 2005 - 2012
Table 15 – SK Broadband ‘B tv’ TV subscribers – 2006-2012
Table 16 – SK Telecom revenue, net profit, capex, EBITDA margin – 2005 - 2011
Table 17 – SK Telecom mobile and 3G subscribers, ARPU – 2002 - 2011
Table 18 –LG U+ revenue, net income, EBITDA – 2009 – 2011
Table 19 –LG U+ revenue breakdown by service – 2009 – 2011
Table 20 – LG U+ capex – 2009 – 2011
Table 21 – LG Telecom mobile subscribers, ARPU – 2003 - 2012
Table 22 – LG Telecom fixed-line (PSTN and VoIP) subscribers – 2005 - 2012
Table 23 – LG U+ broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2012
Table 24 – LG U+ IPTV subscribers – 2007 – 2012
Chart 1 – KT mobile subscribers by network, voice and data ARPU – 2004 – 2011
Chart 2 – SK Telecom revenue, capex, ARPU – 2005 - 2011
Chart 3 – LG U+ revenue, capex, ARPU – 2009 - 2011
Exhibit 1 – Significant telecoms operators in South Korea
Exhibit 2 – KT at a glance – December 2011
Exhibit 3 – SK Broadband at a glance – December 2011
Exhibit 4 – SK Telecom at a glance – December 2011
Exhibit 5 – LG U+ at a glance – December 2011

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