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South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

September 2020 | 147 pages | ID: S99481428904EN
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The South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

South Korea preps for 6G to gain international lead

South Korea has emerged as one of the leading countries in terms of telecom market maturity and the adoption of emerging technologies. The country is ranked 2nd of 34 Asian countries in BuddeComm’s Telecoms Maturity Index. This is largely due to very high mobile and mobile broadband penetration as well as high fixed broadband penetration. With excellent infrastructure in place, the country has also emerged as a leader in digital innovation and the use of ICT for e-services.

The government has strongly supported the ICT sector, while it has also coordinated policy and strategies in close cooperation with the main telcos. This has been shown most notably in the investment plans of telcos regarding the deployment of 5G infrastructure.

As well as the commitment of the government, the sector has been supported by an innovative private sector and a technologically savvy population. Spending on ICT and high-technology equipment has helped develop economic growth as well as spearhead the transformation of a knowledge-based information society.

With the world’s highest broadband penetration rate, South Korea’s policy emphasis has been to establish an Ultra Broadband convergence Network (UBcN) to provide a 1Gb/s data rate nationally. In addition, the Ministry of Science and ICT is funding projects targeting technologies which can provide data rates of 10Gb/s, with plans to reach 50% adoption rate of the super-fast speeds by 2022. This forward-looking momentum has encouraged the government to begin development of the technologies and potential standards of 6G.

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 trials autonomous cars on public roads;
  • MNOs collectively fined KRW51.2 billion for 5G handset subsidy breaches;
  • Huawei partners with LG U+ to launch Seoul TechCity;
  • 5G subscriber base approaches eight million;
  • KTs industrial 5G development plans focussing on five main areas in collaboration with private sector companies and the government;
  • Report update includes telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2020, regulator’s market data to July 2020, telecom maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Key companies mentioned in this report:

KT; LG U+; SK Broadband; SK Telecom, Hanaro Telecom
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL ASIAN MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Market analysis
5.2 Background

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Regulatory authority
6.2 Fixed-line developments
6.3 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile content and applications

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.5 Apartment LAN
8.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.7 Other fixed broadband services
8.8 Fixed broadband operators

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 e-Government

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

10.1 KT Corp
10.2 LG U+

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure
11.3 Smart infrastructure

12 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

13 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities South Korea 2020 (e)
Table 2 Decline in the number of fixed number portings 2010 2020
Table 3 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2010 2020
Table 4 Change in the number of subscribers by platform 2016 2020
Table 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 6 Growth in the number of 5G subscribers by operator 2019 2020
Table 7 Change in the number of LTE subscribers by operator 2016 2020
Table 8 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 9 Change in mobile data traffic by platform (TB) 2018 2020
Table 10 Change in mobile market share by operator 2010 2020
Table 11 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Table 12 Development of mobile service ARPU per month by operator 2010 2020
Table 13 Development of KT Corp's mobile subscribers by platform 2010 2020
Table 14 Development of KT Corp's mobile service revenue 2014 2020
Table 15 Change in the number of SK Telecom's mobile subscribers by platform 2010 2020
Table 16 Increase in the number of SK Telecom's smartphones in use 2009 2019
Table 17 Development of SK Telecom's mobile service revenue 2010 2020
Table 18 Change in the number of LG U+ mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 19 Change in the number of MVNO subscribers by operator 2011 2020
Table 20 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 21 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2010 2020
Table 22 Change in the number of cable broadband subscribers by operator 2016 2020
Table 23 Change in the number of DSL subscribers by main operator 2016 2020
Table 24 Change in the number of LAN subscribers by main operator 2016 2020
Table 25 Change in the number of fibre broadband subscribers by operator 2016 2020
Table 26 Decline in the number of WiBro subscribers 2016 - 2020
Table 27 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by operator 2010 - 2020
Table 28 Change in the market share of broadband subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Table 29 Development of SK Telecom's financial data 2010 2020
Table 30 Change in the number of LG U+s broadband subscribers 2010 - 2020
Table 31 Decline in the number of KT Corp's fixed voice lines 2010 2020
Table 32 Decline in the number of KT Corp's PSTN lines and market share 2010 2020
Table 33 Decline in the number of KT Corp's VoIP subscribers 2010 2020
Table 34 Development of KT Corp's financial data 2010 2020
Table 35 Change in the number of LG U+'s fixed-line subscribers 2010 2020
Table 36 Development of LG U+'s financial data 2010 2020
Table 37 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 38 Change in the number of fixed-wired and VoIP lines 2016 2020
Table 39 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2018
Table 40 Historic - Mobile subscribers 1985 2009
Table 41 Historic - CDMA mobile subscribers by operator 2002 2013
Table 42 Historic - mobile market share by operator 2002 2009
Table 43 Historic - Mobile subscribers by operator 2002 2009
Table 44 Historic - Mobile Service ARPU per month by operator 2002 2009
Table 45 Historic - KT Corp's mobile subscribers by type 2004 2009
Table 46 Historic - SK Telecom mobile subscribers by type 2002 2009
Table 47 Historic - LG U+ mobile subscribers 2003 2009
Table 48 Historic - Fixed broadband subscriber growth and penetration rate 1999 - 2009
Table 49 Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration 1991 2007
Table 50 Historic - South Korea VoIP subscribers 2006 2014
Table 51 Historic Fixed broadband subscribers by platform 1998 2009
Table 52 Historic Fixed broadband subscribers by operator 2005 - 2009
Table 53 Historic - Broadband market share by operator 2005 2009
Table 54 Historic - LG U+ broadband subscribers 2004 - 2009
Table 55 Historic KT Corp - Fixed Voice - PSTN and VoIP lines subscribers 1991 2009
Table 56 Historic - KT Corp PSTN lines 2003 2009
Table 57 Historic - KT Corp VoIP subscribers 2008 2009
Table 58 Historic - LG U+ fixed-line (PSTN and VoIP) subscribers 2005 2009
Table 59 Historic Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2007 2009
Table 60 Historic - International bandwidth 1997 2009
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index Northern Asia
Chart 4 Decline in the number of fixed number portings 2010 2020
Chart 5 Change in the number of mobile number portings 2010 2020
Chart 6 Change in the number of subscribers by platform (million) 2016 2020
Chart 7 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 8 Growth in the number of 5G subscribers by operator 2019 2020
Chart 9 Change in the number of LTE subscribers by operator 2016 2020
Chart 10 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 11 Change in mobile data traffic by platform (TB) 2018 2020
Chart 12 Change in mobile market share by operator 2011 2020
Chart 13 Change in the number of mobile subscribers by operator (million) 2010 2020
Chart 14 Development of mobile service ARPU per month by operator (KRW thousand) 2010 2020
Chart 15 Development of KT Corp's mobile subscribers by platform 2010 2020
Chart 16 Development of KT Corp's mobile service revenue 2014 2020
Chart 17 Change in the number of SK Telecom's mobile subscribers by platform 2010 2020
Chart 18 Development of SK Telecom's mobile service revenue 2010 2020
Chart 19 Change in the number of LG U+ mobile subscribers (million) 2010 2020
Chart 20 Change in the number of MVNO subscribers by operator (thousand) 2011 2020
Chart 21 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 22 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by platform (million) 2010 2020
Chart 23 Change in the number of fibre broadband subscribers by operator (thousand) 2016 2020
Chart 24 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by operator (million) 2010 - 2020
Chart 25 Change in the market share of broadband subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Chart 26 Development of SK Telecom's financial data (KRW trillion) 2010 2020
Chart 27 Change in the number of LG U+s broadband subscribers 2010 - 2020
Chart 28 Decline in the number of KT Corp's fixed voice lines 2010 2020
Chart 29 Decline in the number of KT Corp's PSTN lines and market share 2010 2020
Chart 30 Decline in the number of KT Corp's VoIP subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 31 Development of KT Corp's financial data (KRW billion) 2010 2020
Chart 32 Change in the number of LG U+'s fixed-line subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 33 Development of LG U+'s financial data 2010 2020
Chart 34 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Chart 35 Change in the number of fixed-wired and VoIP lines 2016 2020
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Map of South Korea
Exhibit 4 Spectrum auction results May 2016
Exhibit 5 5G spectrum auction results July 2018
Exhibit 6 Comparison of WiBro and mobile technologies in South Korea
Exhibit 7 Significant telcos in South Korea and their offers
Exhibit 8 Interconnection status by IX
Exhibit 9 National submarine fibre optic cables overview in South Korea
Exhibit 10 International submarine fibre optic cables overview in South Korea
Exhibit 11 Smart grid implementation areas
Exhibit 12 Phased implementation plan of Jeju Smart Grid


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