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

Synopsis

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

  • 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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