South Korea - Major Telecom Operators - Overview and Statistics - Historical

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Last updated: 9 Apr 2015 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 21

Analyst: Paul Budde


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

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