New Market Report: South Korea Telecommunications Report Q2 2015

New Fixed Networks market report from Business Monitor International: "South Korea Telecommunications Report Q2 2015"

[USPRwire, Wed Apr 22 2015] Although the regulator has objected to handset subsidies and fined operators for offering them, the access to new handsets has been driving the fast upgrade from 3G services to 4G. South Korea is one of Asia's outperformers, with consumers happy to spend on mobile services and often keen to upgrade to the latest services. This is also reflected in the wirelin e market where high-speed broadband continues to show good growth.

Key Data

* The migration from 3G to 4G continues to grow apace. The mobile market has continued to expand, even with penetration at 114% in 2014.
* The fixed-line market is still expanding, mostly due to the growth of VoIP, but it is slowing noticeably. Growth in the broadband market has slowed due to a combination of high penetration rates for wireline services and competition from LTE services.

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Key Developments

SK Telecom was reported to have filed a complaint against mobile messaging service provider Viber over patent infringement. The operator had sued Viber over alleged breach of four patents, according to Viber CEO Talmon Marco. SK Telecom later dropped one of the cases, while South Korea's patent office nullified two more cases and now both the firms are fighting for the last case. The development highlights operators' increasing concerns over OTT players' impact on revenues.

The Ministry of Health & Welfare launched a pilot tele-medical services programme in October 2014 at select medical institutions and community health centres in South Korea. The programme aims to introduce tele-medical services to enhance the healthcare of patients and ensure that medical services are more accessible to the elderly, the disabled and the residents in remote areas.

SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus reduced registration charges for new subscribers by 50% in September, in line with a previously agreed government strategy. SK Telecom reduced its sign-up fee to KRW10,800 (USD10.64) while KT Corp and LG Uplus cut their charges to...

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.

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