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South Korea - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

South Korea - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

South Korea has transformed its economy to one that is more progressively knowledge based. It has invested significantly in telecommunications infrastructure over past decades.

South Korea is ranked 2nd out of 34 with an Asian Telecoms Maturity Index score of 93. (BuddeComm's Asian Telecoms Maturity Index, is an index (on a scale between 0 and 100) that measures and ranks the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of the 34 countries in Asia.) Compared to other Asian nations, South Korea has very high mobile and mobile broadband penetration and very high fixed broadband penetration.

Fixed lines in South Korea have been gradually declining over the past five years. This trend is predicted to continue over the next five years to 2023.

South Korea has one of the world's most active telecommunications and Information Technology (IT) markets backed by strong support from the government. As well as the commitment of the government, the sector is boosted by an innovative private sector and a technologically savvy population. Spending on ICT and high-technology equipment helped lead a transformation of the economy. The government aims to transform the country into a knowledge-based information society in a smart-age'.

Huawei has partnered with LG U+. for the launch of Seoul TechCity as part of its commitment to drive smart city efforts. The Seoul TechCity collaborative project aims to deliver smart city capabilities for the Korean capital.

This report provides an overview of the South Korean telecoms market, including key statistics and infrastructure investments.

Key Developments:

SK Telecom became the first South Korean mobile operator to test autonomous cars on public roads.
Huawei has partnered with LG U+. for the launch of Seoul TechCity.
Fixed lines in South Korea have been gradually declining over the past five years.

Companies covered in this report include:

KT; LG U+; SK Broadband; SK Telecom


List of Tables, Charts and Exgibits
Table 1 Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities 2018 (e)
Table 2 Top Level Country Statistics 2018 (e)
Table 3 KT Corp - Total fixed Voice - PSTN and VoIP lines subscribers 1991 2018
Table 4 KT Corp's fixed-line subscribers (PSTN) (millions) 2004 2018
Table 5 KT Corp's VoIP subscribers 2008 2018
Table 6 LG U+ fixed-line (PSTN and VoIP) subscribers 2005 2018
Table 7 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 2018
Table 8 Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration 1991 2007
Table 9 International bandwidth 1997 2017
Table 10 Smart grid investmentsList of Charts
Chart 4 Telecoms Maturity Index Northern Asia
Chart 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 2018List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of South Korea
Exhibit 3 Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 4 Significant telecoms operators in South Korea
Exhibit 5 Interconnection status by IX
Exhibit 6 National submarine fibre optic cables overview in South Korea
Exhibit 7 International submarine fibre optic cables overview in South Korea
Exhibit 8 Smart grid implementation areas
Exhibit 9 Phased implementation plan of Jeju Smart Grid

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