South Korea Telecommunications Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecommunications industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast Scenario, Telecommunications Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Regulatory Environment, Company Profiles and Competitive

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South Korea Telecommunications Report
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BMI View: We have not made forecast revisions in our latest Q416 South Korea report update. We retain the view that o perators are investing heavily in Internet of Things (I oT ) strategies and rolling out their own dedicated NB-IoT and LPWA networks. South Korea's mature telecoms market and supportive government policies will create abundant opportunities for operators to drive IoT adoption, although slowing economic growth could weigh on near-term demand.

Growth Driven By 4G Migration
South Korea Mobile Forecasts
f = BMI forecast. Source: MSIP, operators, BMI

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

  • Approximately 1. 175 mn new mobile subscriptions were added in H116, bringing the total to 59.788mn, according to operator-reported data. The focus is on 3G/4G migration, with customers in this segment set to reach 51.606mn in 2016. By 2020, this number is forecast to climb to 59.672mn, and represent 97.1% of the mobile market.

  • In the wireline arena, focus is on rolling out fibre-based high-speed accesses, over which operators can deliver multiple high-value services. Multi-play services are becoming commonplace. There will be 20.385mn broadband accesses by end-2016, rising to 21.551mn by 2020.

BMI Industry View
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SWOT
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Industry SWOT
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Industry Forecast
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Latest Updates
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Structural Trends
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Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (South Korea 2013-2020)
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Industry Risk/Reward Index
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Asia Pacific Risk/Reward Index
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Table: Asia Pacific Telecoms Risk/Reward Index, Q316
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Industry Risk Reward Ratings
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Market Overview
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Market Drivers & Trends
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Mobile
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Wireline Voice & Broadband
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Table: VoIP Subscription Market Shares, Q116
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Wireline Broadband
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Table: Broadband Subscribers ('000), 2013-2016
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Pay-TV/Convergence
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Table: Cable TV Market Shares By Operator, Q415
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IoT
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Table: Selected Key IoT Developments
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Regulatory Development
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Table: Division Of Regulatory Responsibility In South Korea
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Latest Developments
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Competitive Landscape
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Table: Key Players - South Korea Telecoms Sector
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Table: Operators' Consolidated Revenues, 2009-2015 (USDmn)
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Mobile Operators' Data
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Table: Mobile Market Overview
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Table: SK Telecom
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Table: KT Corporation
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Table: LG Uplus
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Wireline Operator Data
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Table: SK Broadband
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Table: KT Corporation
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Table: LG Uplus
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Table: CJ HelloVision
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Company Profile
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KT Corporation
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LG Uplus
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SK Telecom
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Demographic Forecast
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Demographic Outlook
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Table: Population Headline Indicators (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Table: Key Population Ratios (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Table: Population By Age Group (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Table: Population By Age Group % (South Korea 1990-2025)
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Glossary
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Table: Glossary Of Terms
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Methodology
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Industry Forecast Methodology
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Sources
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Risk/Reward Index Methodology
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Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
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Table: Weighting Of Indicators
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The South Korea Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of South Korea's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's South Korea Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in South Korea.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for South Korea to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Korean telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in South Korea's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in South Korea.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).

Coverage

BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

Sources

The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.