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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.

Since breaking through the 10 million subscriber mark in 2002, subscriber growth has steadily increased, reaching over 20 million fixed broadband subscribers by 2016. Market penetration is predicted to continue to grow moderately over the next five years reaching over 50% by 2021, with a market penetration of 41%.

Growth is being driven by an expected increase in converged solutions being offered such as IPTV and Smart Home services. Much will depend on the continuing strength of the economy in South Korea.

Internet use is widespread in South Korea with surveys even including children as young as three years of age. The internet has permeated all aspects of society and has made a significant contribution to education even at pre-school level. Internet penetration reached 91% by 2016.

This report provides an overview of South Korea's broadband market, government initiatives and technologies including cable modem, DSL, FttH, Apartment-LAN, and WiBro. IPTV statistics are included as well as broadband forecasts to 2021 and statistics on market share of the major broadband providers.

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.

The widespread adoption of the Internet in South Korea coupled with the continued pace of development has resulted in an exciting digital economy. This report also looks at various aspects of the digital economy in South Korea that support the drive to converged services. It includes information on e-commerce users, e-banking and e-government. It also contains information on internet usage patterns.

Key Developments:
Three operators hold over 80% of the Korean broadband market: KT, SK Broadband and LGU+.
KT as the incumbent has held on to its dominant market share position.
South Korea's broadband subscriber base continues to rise. The move towards faster speeds and becoming full-service operators is expected to further drive this trend.
FttX deployments have increased as operators try to gain customers through bundled services such as high-definition IPTV.
Market penetration is predicted to continue to grow moderately over the next five years reaching between 50% and 65% by 2021.
Growth is being driven by an expected increase in converged solutions being offered such as IPTV and Smart Home services.


Companies covered in this report include:

SK Broadband, KT, LG U+, Hanaro Telecom

Table Of Contents

South Korea - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market Overview and analysis
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.2.1 Broadband subscribers by access type
2.2.2 Internet users
2.2.3 Internet usage patterns
2.2.4 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3. Broadband Technologies
3.1 Overview
3.2 Cable modem
3.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
3.4 Apartment LAN
3.5 Fibre-to-the-Home
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Operator Statistics
4.2 KT Corp
4.3 SK Broadband
4.4 LG U+
5. Other fixed broadband services
5.1 Fixed wireless (WiFi and WiMAX)
5.1.1 WiBro deployments and investments
6. Digital economy
6.1 e-Commerce
6.2 e-Banking
6.3 e-Government
6.3.1 Next Generation e-government plan: 2008 - 2012
6.3.2 E-Government Global Academy (eGGA) established in South Korea
7. Digital Media
7.1.1 Cable TV (CATV)
7.1.2 Satellite infrastructure
7.2 Videostreaming
7.2.1 IPTV
7.3 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
7.3.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed broadband subscriber growth and penetration rate 1999 - 2016
Table 2 Broadband internet subscriber numbers by system 1998 - 2016
Table 3 Internet users and population penetration rates 2003 - 2016
Table 4 Internet usage rates by service 2011 2015
Table 5 Main purpose of using the internet 2010 2013; 2015
Table 6 Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration rates 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 7 Cable modem subscribers 1999 2016
Table 8 Broadband cable modem (HFC) subscribers by service provider 2015
Table 9 DSL subscribers 1999 2016
Table 10 Historical - DSL subscribers by service provider 2015
Table 11 A-LAN subscribers 2002 - 2016
Table 12 Historic - A-LAN subscribers by service provider 2015
Table 13 FttH subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 14 Historic - FttH subscribers by service provider 2015
Table 15 Broadband subscribers market share by operator (millions) 2005 - 2016
Table 16 Broadband market share by operator 2005 2016
Table 17 LG U+ broadband subscribers 2004 - 2016
Table 18 Historical - Usage of e-government services
Table 19 IPTV subscribers by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 20 Historic - South Korea VoIP subscribers
Chart 1 South Korea broadband subscribers and population penetration 2006 - 2016
Chart 2 Broadband subscribers by operator 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 2 SK Broadband at a glance
Exhibit 3 Comparison of WiBro and mobile technologies in South Korea
Exhibit 4 E-government stages: 1980s - present
Exhibit 5 KOREASAT satellite status

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