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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.

South Korea has the world's highest number of broadband services per capita. Korea's policy emphasis has been to establish an Ultra Broadband convergence Network (UBcN) with 1Gb/s speeds on fixed lines and 10Mb/s on wireless.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market. Over the next five years to 2023 growth is expected to continue to increase slowly.

The South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) announced the establishment of a new fund specifically targeting technologies and projects that can provide data rates of 10Gbps, with plans to reach 50% adoption rate of the super-fast speeds by 2022.

Mobile subscriber growth has 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 2023. Growth rates will taper off further over the next few years as the market further matures in a highly competitive market. The market will be driven by the uptake of both 4G and 5G services.

South Korea's three mobile operators, SK Telecom, LG Uplus and KT Corp have switched on their respective 5G networks for enterprise customers.

KT Corp and LG Uplus launched commercial services to consumers. Initial coverage is reported to be heavily focused on Seoul and its surroundings.

KT's industrial 5G development plans focus on five main areas in collaboration with private sector companies and the government to develop 5G services for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) sectors.

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 2023.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

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.

Over the next five years to 2023 fixed broadband growth is expected to continue to increase slowly.

South Koreas three mobile operators have launched 5G services.

Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2023.

KTs industrial 5G development plans focus on five main areas in collaboration with private sector companies and the government.

Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

KT; LG U+; SK Broadband; SK Telecom, Hanaro Telecom

Phil HarpurMay 2019

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

2.1 Economic considerations and responses

2.2 Mobile devices

2.3 Subscribers

2.4 Infrastructure

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Market Overview and Analysis

3.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison

3.3 Background

4 Regulatory environment

4.1 Regulatory authority

5 Fixed network operators

5.1 Overview

5.2 KT Corp

5.3 LG U+

6 Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 Overview of the national telecom network

6.2 International infrastructure

6.3 Smart infrastructure

7 Broadband market

7.1 Market Overview and analysis

7.2 Broadband statistics and forecasts

7.3 Broadband Technologies

7.4 Fixed Broadband operators

8 Digital economy

8.1 e-Government

9 Digital media

9.1 Satellite infrastructure

9.2 Videostreaming

9.3 VoIP

10 Mobile communications

10.1 Market Overview and Analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.6 Mobile content and applications

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 investments

Table 11 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

Table 12 Historic-Fixed broadband subscriber growth and penetration rate 1999-2006

Table 13 Historic-Broadband internet subscriber numbers by system 1998 2016

Table 14 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 2018

Table 15 Broadband subscribers market share by operator (millions) 2005-2018

Table 16 Broadband market share by operator 2005 2018

Table 17 LG U+ broadband subscribers 2004-2018

Table 18 IPTV subscribers by operator 2006-2017

Table 19 Historic-South Korea VoIP subscribers

Table 20 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

Table 21 Historic-Mobile subscribers 1985 2006

Table 22 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2023

Table 23 Historic-CDMA mobile subscribers by operator

Table 24 Mobile subscribers by operator 2002 2018

Table 25 Mobile market share by operator 2002 2018

Table 26 Mobile Service ARPU per month by operator 2002 2018

Table 27 KT Corp's mobile subscribers by 3G / 4G 2004 2018

Table 28 Historic-SK Telecom mobile 3G / 4G subscribers 2002 2018

Table 29 SK Telecom smartphone subscribers 2009 2018

Table 31 Historic-MVNO subscribers by operator 2012 2014

Chart 4 Telecoms Maturity Index Northern Asia

Chart 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 2018

Chart 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

Chart 7 Broadband market share by operator 2005-2018

Chart 8 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

Chart 9 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

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

Exhibit 10 Comparison of WiBro and mobile technologies in South Korea

Exhibit 11 KOREASAT satellite status

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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.

South Korea has the world's highest number of broadband services per capita. Korea's policy emphasis has been to establish an Ultra Broadband convergence Network (UBcN) with 1Gb/s speeds on fixed lines and 10Mb/s on wireless.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has grown slowly over the past five years in a highly mature market. Over the next five years to 2023 growth is expected to continue to increase slowly.

The South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) announced the establishment of a new fund specifically targeting technologies and projects that can provide data rates of 10Gbps, with plans to reach 50% adoption rate of the super-fast speeds by 2022.

Mobile subscriber growth has 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 2023. Growth rates will taper off further over the next few years as the market further matures in a highly competitive market. The market will be driven by the uptake of both 4G and 5G services.

South Korea's three mobile operators, SK Telecom, LG Uplus and KT Corp have switched on their respective 5G networks for enterprise customers.

KT Corp and LG Uplus launched commercial services to consumers. Initial coverage is reported to be heavily focused on Seoul and its surroundings.

KT's industrial 5G development plans focus on five main areas in collaboration with private sector companies and the government to develop 5G services for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) sectors.

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 2023.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

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.

Over the next five years to 2023 fixed broadband growth is expected to continue to increase slowly.

South Koreas three mobile operators have launched 5G services.

Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2023.

KTs industrial 5G development plans focus on five main areas in collaboration with private sector companies and the government.

Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

Key companies mentioned in this report:

KT; LG U+; SK Broadband; SK Telecom, Hanaro Telecom

Phil HarpurMay 2019

READ MORE

Scope

1 Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

2.1 Economic considerations and responses

2.2 Mobile devices

2.3 Subscribers

2.4 Infrastructure

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Market Overview and Analysis

3.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison

3.3 Background

4 Regulatory environment

4.1 Regulatory authority

5 Fixed network operators

5.1 Overview

5.2 KT Corp

5.3 LG U+

6 Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 Overview of the national telecom network

6.2 International infrastructure

6.3 Smart infrastructure

7 Broadband market

7.1 Market Overview and analysis

7.2 Broadband statistics and forecasts

7.3 Broadband Technologies

7.4 Fixed Broadband operators

8 Digital economy

8.1 e-Government

9 Digital media

9.1 Satellite infrastructure

9.2 Videostreaming

9.3 VoIP

10 Mobile communications

10.1 Market Overview and Analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.6 Mobile content and applications

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 investments

Table 11 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

Table 12 Historic-Fixed broadband subscriber growth and penetration rate 1999-2006

Table 13 Historic-Broadband internet subscriber numbers by system 1998 2016

Table 14 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 2018

Table 15 Broadband subscribers market share by operator (millions) 2005-2018

Table 16 Broadband market share by operator 2005 2018

Table 17 LG U+ broadband subscribers 2004-2018

Table 18 IPTV subscribers by operator 2006-2017

Table 19 Historic-South Korea VoIP subscribers

Table 20 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

Table 21 Historic-Mobile subscribers 1985 2006

Table 22 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2023

Table 23 Historic-CDMA mobile subscribers by operator

Table 24 Mobile subscribers by operator 2002 2018

Table 25 Mobile market share by operator 2002 2018

Table 26 Mobile Service ARPU per month by operator 2002 2018

Table 27 KT Corp's mobile subscribers by 3G / 4G 2004 2018

Table 28 Historic-SK Telecom mobile 3G / 4G subscribers 2002 2018

Table 29 SK Telecom smartphone subscribers 2009 2018

Table 31 Historic-MVNO subscribers by operator 2012 2014

Chart 4 Telecoms Maturity Index Northern Asia

Chart 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 2018

Chart 6 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

Chart 7 Broadband market share by operator 2005-2018

Chart 8 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

Chart 9 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023

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

Exhibit 10 Comparison of WiBro and mobile technologies in South Korea

Exhibit 11 KOREASAT satellite status

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