Report Buyer, the online destination for business intelligence for major industry sectors, has added a new report which finds that while North Korea’s communications market is hindered by government repression, South Korea is a leader in 3G technology.
The report, “2007 Asia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in North and South Korea” finds that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is seriously impeded by the country's economic state and government repression of communication. On the other hand, it finds that the South Korean mobile market, which looked like it had reached a point of saturation, again found a way to grow by a further 5% (in subscribers and revenue) in 2006 and this growth pattern was continuing.
Authors of the report say that it has been a difficult journey for telecommunications in the DPRK. Though mobile services finally began in the capital Pyongyang in 2002 on a limited scale, North Korean citizens were banned from using mobile phones as of May 2004. They state that North Korea's emphasis on secrecy has made it extremely difficult to get a clear picture of the sector and highlight that much work remains to be done before serious and significant engagement with North Korea can take place.
The report finds that in South Korea mobile penetration was around 85% in early 2007, the majority of services being new generation. Not surprisingly, the country continued to be considered a leader in Third Generation (3G) mobile technology.
• South Korea's mobile market continues to expand both in subscribers and revenue. By early 2007, there were 41 million subscribers (penetration 85%) and the annual growth was around 5%.
• The launch of HSDPA 3G services by SK Telecom and KTF has provided a significant boost to the mobile market.
• By June 2007 there were 1.6 million customers on the upgraded WCDMA networks, this segment of the market having been revitalised with the higher speeds on offer.
2007 Asia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in North and South Korea is available from Report Buyer.
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