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South Korea - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

South Korea - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Growth in South Korea's mobile subscriber market been moderate in mobile market over the past five years. The market has been driven by organic growth from the three main mobile operators, together with the multitude of niche MVNOs.

Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2022. Growth rates will taper off further over the next few years as the market further matures in a highly competitive market. 5G adoption by 2026 could reach as high as 90%.

In November 2017 LG Uplus partnered with Huawei to complete a large-scale 5G network test in a pre-commercial environment in the Gangnam District of Seoul and SK Telecom announced the successful demonstration of essential technologies for 5G network communications in a real-world setting'.

The mobile broadband subscriber base in South Korea has grown moderately over the past five years in a relatively mature market supported by widespread rollouts of 4G infrastructure. Slower growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022.

Key Developments

Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2022.

Growth rates will taper off further over the next few years.

LG Uplus partnered with Huawei to complete a large-scale 5G network test in a pre-commercial environment.

SK Telecom announced the successful demonstration of essential technologies for 5G network communications in a real-world setting'.

Companies covered in this report include:

KT; LG U+; SK Telecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Market Overview and Analysis
3. Background
4. Mobile statistics
4.1 Mobile Subscribers and Forecasts
4.1.1 Smartphones
4.2 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Forecasts
5. Regulatory issues
5.1 Licensing
5.2 Subsidies
5.3 Spectrum
5.3.1 Spectrum auctions: 1.2GHz, 1.8GHz and 800MHz
5.3.2 Additional spectrum allocation
5.3.3 Spectrum Auctions - 2016
6. Mobile infrastructure
6.1 Digital networks
6.1.1 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
6.1.2 Wideband CDMA (WCDMA)
6.1.3 LTE
6.1.4 LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)
6.1.5 5G
6.2 Other infrastructure developments
6.2.1 VoLTE
7. Major mobile operators
7.1 Operator statistics
7.2 KT Corp
7.3 SK Telecom
7.3.1 Overview
7.3.2 Next Generation Growth Strategy
7.3.3 SK Planet
7.4 LG U+
7.5 MVNOs
8. Mobile content and applications
8.1 m-commerce
8.1.1 App-based m-payment
9. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 2 Historic - Mobile subscribers 1985 - 2006
Table 3 Historic - Smart phone subscribers and market share
Table 4 Historic - Smart phone and tablet PC subscribers and market share 2010 2015
Table 5 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2022
Table 6 Historic - CDMA mobile subscribers by operator
Table 7 Mobile subscribers by operator 2002 - 2017
Table 8 Mobile market share by operator 2002 - 2017
Table 9 Mobile Service ARPU per month by operator 2002 - 2017
Table 10 KT Corp's mobile subscribers by 3G / 4G 2004 - 2017
Table 11 Historic - SK Telecom mobile 3G / 4G subscribers 2002 - 2017
Table 12 SK Telecom smartphone subscriber 2009 - 2017
Table 13 LG Telecom mobile subscribers, ARPU 2003 - 2017
Table 14 Historic - MVNO subscribers by operator 2012 - 2014
Chart 1 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 2 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022

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