New Market Study Published: South Korea Telecommunications Report Q2 2011

New Fixed Networks market report from Business Monitor International: "South Korea Telecommunications Report Q2 2011"
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May 10, 2011 - PRLog -- In this quarter's update of the South Korean telecoms market we provided the latest published data by the three major operators - SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus - for the mobile market ended December 2010, as well as for the fixed-line, internet and broadband markets as provided by operators and the Internet Statistics Information System (ISIS). This has enabled BMI to review and update, where appropriate, forecasts for all sectors in this report.

The biggest challenge in 2011 will be the introduction of MVNO services, expected to be launched in July. There are already about six operators licensed to provide MVNO services. However, they are meeting resistance from some national mobile operators such as SK Telecom. The mobile market leader remains concerned over the impact this may have on price plans in the market, increasing tariffs further when they have already been lowered. That said, KT signed MVNO agreements with three companies and this is expected to enable the operator to acquire a new revenue stream.

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SK Telecom and KT are expected to both compete by offering Apple's iPhone handset, after it was reported in March 2011 that SK Telecom would start offering the handset. Although price plans between the two operators are not expected to differ much, SK Telecom aims to win a greater customer following by providing excellent customer services such as offering to replace faulty handsets in the first week of purchase.

Smartphone handsets are driving demand for data services in South Korea, and according to one local report, there were understood to be about 10mn smartphone users at the end of 2010. This represents an increase of about 35% from 7.2mn units in the previous year. In addition to this, unlimited data services are the reason for increased demand in mobile internet services and this brought about greater demand for smartphone handsets.

There were a total of 42.070mn 3G subscribers at the end of 2010 and they accounted for 82.9% of the total mobile population, which was up from 70% in the previous year. BMI forecasts demand for 3G will continue and that by the end of our five-year forecast ended 2015 there will be close to 60mn subscribers and a penetration rate of almost 121%.

Meanwhile, South Korea dropped to fourth place from third in Asia's latest Business Environment Ratings table. The fall in the quarter was the result of its Industry Rewards and Country Rewards scores. As a result, it fell behind Australia (in third place from fourth) while Singapore and Japan maintained their respective positions in second and first place, respectively.

Report Table of Contents:

SWOT Analysis
- South Korea Wireline SWOT
- South Korea Mobile SWOT
- South Korea Political SWOT
- South Korea Economic SWOT
- South Korea Business Environment SWOT
Business Environment Ratings
- Asia
- Table: Asia Telecoms Business Environment Rankings
- South Korea
Industry Forecast Scenario
- Mobile
- Table: South Korea Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts
- Table: South Korea Telecoms Sector - ARPU - Historical Data & Forecasts
- Fixed Line
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecasts
- Internet
- Table: South Korea Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecasts
Market Data Analysis
- Mobile
- Table: South Korean Mobile Market Net Additions, Q410
- Table: South Korean Mobile Market, Q410
- 3G
- Mobile Contract Wins
- Mobile Content
- Regional Outlook
- Country Outlook
- Value-Added Services Timeline
- Table: Selected VAS Services, 2008-2009
- Mobile Operator Data
- South Korea Mobile Market Overview
- Table: SK Telecom
- Table: KT
- Table: LG Telecom
- Fixed Line
- Table: South Korean Local Access Market (PSTN + VoIP), December 2010
- Broadband
- Table: South Korean Broadband Market, December 2010
- Table: South Korea Broadband Access Types By Operator, December 2010
- WiBro
- Wireline Developments
- Table: Wireline (Fixed-Line And Broadband) Developments
Regulatory Environment And Industry Developments
- Table: Division Of Regulatory Responsibility In South Korea
- Legislation
- Industry Developments
Competitive Landscape
- Competitor Analysis
- Table: Key Players - South Korea Telecoms Sector
- Table: Selected Operators Financial Indicators, 2001-2009 (US$mn)
Company Monitor
- Alcatel-Lucent
- Table: Alcatel-Lucent Revenues By Service Type (EURmn)
- Table: Alcatel-Lucent's Selected Major Contracts In Asia
Operator Profiles
- KT Corporation
- SK Telecom
- SK Broadband (Formerly Hanaro Telecom)
Regional Telecommunications Penetration Overview
- Fixed-Line
- Table: Regional Fixed-Line Penetration Overview
- Broadband
- Table: Regional Broadband Penetration Overview
- Mobile
- Table: Regional Mobile Penetration Overview
Country Snapshot: South Korea Demographic Data
- Section 1: Population
- Table: Demographic Indicators, 2005-2030
- Table: Rural/Urban Breakdown, 2005-2030
- Section 2: Education And Healthcare
- Table: Education, 2002-2005
- Table: Vital Statistics, 2005-2030
- Section 3: Labour Market And Spending Power
- Table: Employment Indicators, 2001-2006
- Table: Consumer Expenditure, 2000-2012 (US$)
- Table: Average Annual Wages, 2000-2012
Glossary Of Terms
- Table: Glossary Of Terms
BMI Methodology
- How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
- Table: Key Indicators For Telecommunications Industry Forecasts
- Telecoms Business Environment Ratings
- Risk/Reward Ratings Methodology
- Table: Ratings Indicators
- Weighting
- Table: Weighting Of Indicators
- Sources

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