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This update looks at mobile market and fixed market developments in South Korea. It contains commentary on the recent market trends, mobile data pricing, operator data initiatives, telecom regulations, and forecasts.


  • South Korea’s three mobile operators – SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+ – have deployed LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks. The operators started upgrading their LTE networks to offer speeds up to 225Mbps using 2-band carrier aggregation in mid-2013.
  • High fixed and mobile penetration rates have set the ground for operators to offer the next set of emerging services, such as ultra-HD TV, cloud, connected home, and Internet of Things (IoT) services.
  • While overall subscriber growth is likely to remain flat for the three mobile operators in the well penetrated market, mobile ARPU is set to continue to expand in the medium term backed by take-up of LTE services.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes South Korea's mobile market in terms of subscriptions, technological maturity, data pricing, and outlook.
  • Evaluates how the 4G market in South Korea is shaping up.

Key questions answered

  • What are the drivers fueling the growth of South Korea's mobile market over the next five years?
  • What are the key initiatives adopted by operators for mobile data growth?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: South Korea Update, January 2015


  • Further reading
  • Author

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