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South Korea - Major Telecom Operators - Overview and Statistics

  • April 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 21 pages

After some restructuring amongst the major operators in 2009, the fixed-line telephone market in South Korea continues to be dominated by the incumbent KT. VoIP services are becoming increasingly popular as operators bundle services in a bid to stop the decline in ARPU. The operators continue to invest heavily in fibre based broadband deployments and IPTV subscriptions have passed the 5 million mark as more content is available and the operators are able to compete more effectively with live broadcasts.

New investments are intended to drive revenue and gain market share and the year has seen the launch of LTE and the rapid increase in smartphone adoption. This report examines the major operators in South Korea in terms of financial and operational results and future strategies.

Key Developments:
LTE has been used to successfully increase ARPU
Operators have identified convergence as the next growth driver as LTE penetration matures
Increased investment in technologies such as smart grids and cloud computing, smart workplaces and the converged home;
Multi-Carrier technology used to further increase LTE speeds
LG Telecom has the highest proportion of smart phone subscribers
Larger investment in Wi-Fi and femtocell deployments to alleviate pressure on core mobile infrastructure;

Companies covered in this report include:
KT; LG U+; SK Broadband; SK Telecom

Table Of Contents

South Korea - Major Telecom Operators - Overview and Statistics
1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Major Telecom Operators
3. KT Corp
3.1 Company overview
3.2 Company background
3.2.1 Fixed-line business: 1981 - 2009
3.2.2 Mobile business: 2001 - 2009
3.2.3 Converged services business: 2009 onwards
3.3 KT Corp: Financial statistics
3.4 KT Corp: Operations statistics
3.4.1 KT Corp: Home phone statistics
3.4.2 KT Corp: Internet statistics
3.4.3 KT Corp: Broadband TV statistics
3.4.4 KT Corp: WiBro statistics
3.4.5 KT Corp: Mobile statistics
4. SK Broadband
4.1 Company overview
4.2 Company developments
4.3 Company background
4.4 SK Broadband: Financial statistics
4.5 SK Broadband: Operations statistics
5. SK Telecom
5.1 Company overview
5.2 Company background
5.3 SK Telecom: Financial statistics
5.4 SK Telecom: Operations statistics
5.5 SK Telecom: LTE 2.0 plans
5.6 SK Planet
6. LG U+
6.1 Company overview
6.2 LG U+: Financial statistics
6.2.1 Financial and operating highlights 2009 - 2014
6.3 LG U+: Operations statistics
6.3.1 LG U+: Mobile statistics
6.3.2 LG U+: Fixed-line statistics
6.3.3 LG U+: Broadband statistics
6.3.4 LG U+: IPTV statistics
6.4 LG U+: Beyond Telecom initiatives
7. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile operator market share by subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 2 KT Corp revenue, net profit, capex 2008 2014
Table 3 KT Corp's fixed-line (PSTN) subscribers and market share 2003 - 2016
Table 4 KT Corp's VoIP and total subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 5 KT Corp's broadband internet subscribers and market share 2003 - 2015
Table 6 KT Corp's IPTV subscribers, ARPU and market share 2006 - 2015
Table 7 KT Corp's WiBro subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 8 KT Corp's mobile and 3G subscribers and total market share 2004 2014
Table 9 KT's Voice and data ARPU 2004 2014
Table 10 KT's smartphone subscribers and penetration 2009 2014
Table 11 SK Broadband revenue, net income, capex, EBITDA 2003 - 2014
Table 12 SK Broadband - broadband internet subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 13 SK Telecom revenue, net profit, capex, EBITDA margin 2005 - 2014
Table 14 SK Telecom mobile and 3G subscribers, ARPU 2002 - 2014
Table 15 SK Telecom smartphone subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2014
Table 16 Monthly LTE usage per subscriber 2012 - 2014
Table 17 LG U+ revenue, net income, EBITDA 2009 2014
Table 18 LG U+ revenue breakdown by service 2009 2014
Table 19 LG U+ capex 2009 2014
Table 20 LG U+ - total mobile ARPU 2009 - 2014
Table 21 LG Telecom mobile subscribers, ARPU 2003 - 2014
Table 22 LG Telecom smartphone subscribers and penetration 2011 2014
Table 23 LG Telecom fixed-line (PSTN and VoIP) subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 24 LG U+ broadband subscribers 2004 2014
Table 25 LG U+ IPTV subscribers 2007 2015
Chart 1 LG U+ revenue, capex, ARPU 2009 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Significant telecoms operators in South Korea
Exhibit 2 KT at a glance December 2014
Exhibit 3 SK Broadband at a glance December 2014
Exhibit 4 SK Telecom at a glance December 2014
Exhibit 5 LG U+ at a glance December 2014

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