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South Korea has the world's highest number of broadband services per capita. Into 2013 over 37% of the population and 95% of households were broadband subscribers. FttX accounted for 60% of total subscriptions. 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 by 2015. 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 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. The report 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. However, from having around 50% market share in 2005, this had eroded to 42.3% by 2015.
Internet use is widespread in South Korea with surveys even including children as young as three years of age.
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 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 - 2015
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 Broadband subscribers by access type 2015
Table 8 Cable modem subscribers 1999 2016
Table 9 Broadband cable modem (HFC) subscribers by service provider 2015
Table 10 DSL subscribers 1999 2015
Table 11 DSL subscribers by service provider January 2015
Table 12 A-LAN subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 13 A-LAN subscribers by service provider 2015
Table 14 FttH subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 15 FttH subscribers by service provider 2015
Table 16 Broadband market share by operator 2015
Table 17 Broadband subscribers by operator (millions) 2005 - 2015
Table 18 Broadband market share by operator 2005 2015
Table 19 KT Corp's broadband internet subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 20 KT Corp's IPTV subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 21 KT Corp's WiBro subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 22 SK Broadband revenue, net income, capex, EBITDA 2003 - 2014
Table 23 SK Broadband - broadband internet subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 24 LG U+ broadband subscribers 2004 - 2016
Table 25 LG U+ IPTV subscribers 2007 2015
Table 26 KT and SK Telecom WiBro subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 27 E-commerce volume by transaction type (historical) 2001 - 2013
Table 28 Historical - Usage of e-government services
Table 29 IPTV subscribers by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 30 Historic - South Korea VoIP subscribers by major operator and market share September 2014
Table 31 Historic - South Korea VoIP subscribers
Chart 1 South Korea broadband subscribers and population penetration 2006 - 2016
Chart 2 Broadband subscribers by operator 2005 - 2015
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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