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

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South Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: September 9, 2020 Content info: 147 Pages
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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;
  • KT's 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Regional Asian Market Comparison

Country overview

COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Market analysis
  • Background

Regulatory environment

  • Regulatory authority
    • Korea Communications Commission (KCC)
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Number Portability
  • Mobile network developments
    • Licensing
    • Subsidies
    • Mobile Number Portability
    • Spectrum

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 6G
    • 5G
    • 4G/LTE
    • 3G
    • GSM
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • KT Corp
    • SK Telecom
    • LG U+
    • MVNOs
  • Mobile content and applications
    • m-commerce

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Market analysis
  • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • Apartment LAN
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • Other fixed broadband services
  • Fixed broadband operators
    • KT Corp
    • SK Broadband
    • LG U+

Digital economy

  • e-Government

Fixed network operators

  • KT Corp
  • LG U+

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Internet eXchange (IX)
    • National submarine cable infrastructure
  • International infrastructure
    • International submarine cable infrastructure
  • Smart infrastructure
    • IoT
    • Smart grids
    • Smart cities
    • Driverless Cars

Glossary of abbreviations

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

List of Charts

  • 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

List of Exhibits

  • 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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