South Korea is ranked 1st out of 34 with an Asian Telecoms Maturity Index score of 92. (The publisher'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 an extremely 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 2022.
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.
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
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.2 South Korea's economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Regional Asian Market Comparison
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 KCC Overview and responsibilities
5.1.2 KCC related laws
6. Fixed network operators
6.2 KT Corp
6.3 LG U+
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Internet eXchange (IX)
7.1.2 National submarine cable infrastructure
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 International submarine cable infrastructure
7.3 Smart infrastructure
7.3.2 Smart grids
7.3.3 Smart cities
7.3.4 Connected / Smart homes
7.3.5 Driverless Cars
8. Related reports
List of Tables
Table 1 Country statistics South Korea 2017 (e)
Table 2 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 KT Corp - Total fixed Voice - PSTN and VoIP lines subscribers 1991 2017
Table 8 KT Corp's fixed-line subscribers (PSTN) (millions) and market share 2004 - 2017
Table 9 KT Corp's VoIP subscribers 2008 - 2017
Table 10 LG Telecom fixed-line (PSTN and VoIP) subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 11 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 - 2017
Table 12 Historical Fixed lines in service and penetration 1991 2007
Table 13 International bandwidth 1997 - 2017
Table 14 Smart grid investments
List of Charts
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index Northern Asia
Chart 3 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 4 Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Northern Asia (selected countries)
Chart 5 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 - 2017
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of South Korea
Exhibit 2 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
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