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Korea still the world’s most advanced internet and telecommunications economy


The ITU has released its annual study on Measuring the Information Society, and South Korea remains the number one country in the world, as measured by its ICT Development Index.  As shown in the accompanying excerpt from Table 2.2 of the ITU report (click on the graphic to see a larger version), Ko

rea was followed in the 2010 rankings by four Scandinavian countries and Hong Kong.  The Director of the ITU’s telecommunications development bureau, in the foreword to this new study, makes the following observation.
“The ICT for development debate is witnessing an obvious shift:  the focus is no longer on the mobile-cellular miracle, but on the need for high speed broadband Internet access.  The report shows that wireless broadband Internet access is the strongest growth sector, with prepaid mobile broadband mushrooming in many developing countries and internet users shifting from fixed to wireless connections and devices.

Thanks to James F.Larson on Korea Information Society

More on the Skype Outage and its Implications


Like millions of others around the world, I experienced the disappearance (see the previous post) of my normally dependable Skype service.  It was out of order all day yesterday (December 23), but by this morning I was able to log on normally.

The media are full of stories about the Skype outage.  As The New York Times “Bits” column noted, Skype will struggle to restore not only its service, but its reputation.  Skype has announced that its problem was with “supernodes,” computers among its network of 124 million users that serve as phone directories and help connect calls.  For unknown reasons, they were taken off line.  Although unknown, Skype did know and announce, according to the BBC, that the fault had been caused by a “software issue” on critical parts of its network.
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Network Strategy for Wi-Fi Differs Between SK Telecom and KT

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Two leading mobile carriers, SK Telecom and KT, are pursuing different network strategies to embrace increasing data traffic generated mainly by smartphone usage.

KT, the sole distributor of the Apple iPhone, is expanding its Wi-Fi zone nationwide. The company believes that the gap in the number of Wi-Fi zones is a crucial differentiating factor in the smartphone era.

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KT expands Wi-Fi coverage to all subways

KT expands Wi-Fi coverage to all subways

Telecommunications giant KT said it completed installing Wi-Fi hotspots in the country’s subway stations, allowing its customers to access free wireless Internet services on the platforms.

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The company, which provides a wealth of mobile Internet devices such as the Apple iPhone, is also looking to expand its Wi-Fi coverage to the subway cars, as well as buses and taxies, by installing the vehicles with the company’s portable gateway devices dubbed as “Egg.” The devices convert the signals of WiBro, a portable broadband technology that is the local variant of mobile WiMAX, into Wi-Fi signals. The Egg-based Wi-Fi services are already being tested on a number of Seoul taxis.

“The Wi-Fi hotspots in the subway stations of Seoul and the metropolitan area and the five major provincial cities have been completed. Considering that the demand for Wi-Fi access is high among students and office workers during the morning and evening commuting hours, we believe the consumer response to be explosive and positive,’’ said a KT spokesman.

The company plans to have 100,000 Wi-Fi zones by the end of 2011, which will make it the owner of the world’s largest Wi-Fi network operated by a single carrier.

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KT’s S.M.ART Initiative

Beyond telecom service: (2) KT’s S.M.ART Initiative

In Korea, there are three MNOs; SKT, KT, LGT. They respectively possess 50.67%, 31.42%, and 17.91% of the telecom market (April, 2010) according to KCC (Korea Communications Commission). In this series of feature posts dealing with Korea’s three MNOs, I will provide an overview of SKT, KT, and LGT’s survival strategies in approaching Korea’s highly saturated telecom market, and how they seek to go beyond just providing telecommunication service.

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Wireless technologies to allow workers to stay at home

Korea is looking to exploit its advancement in digital equipment and wireless technology to create a networked work environment that allows people to conduct tasks from anywhere, anytime and through any device.

The “smart work” initiative, announced by the government Tuesday, aims to have around 30 percent of public employees work from home or nearby “smart-work” centers by 2015 with smartphones, laptops and other mobile Internet devices, which is hoped to boost productivity and minimize carbon emissions.

The country is on the cusp of a mobile Internet explosion, with smartphones such as the Apple iPhone going mass market and telecommunications operators competing to expand coverage for Wi-Fi and more advanced portable broadband technologies like WiBro, the local variant of mobile WiMAX.

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KT’s Focus on Mobile Broadband

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Korea Telecom seems to understand the profound change that is underway with the arrival of more powerful “smart” phones and is concentrating its efforts to enhance mobile broadband services.  As reported in  Joongang Daily, the company will put its focus on “mobile broadband” in the coming months.  As the graphic here illustrates (click to see full-size graphic), KT is trying to usher in an era where people can easily access wireless broadband internet services from all kinds of devices.  KT will introduce a “tethering” service that allows Korean smartphone users to connect their handsets to other devices like laptops, e-book readers, connecting them to the internet like a modem.  Such a system would free smartphone users from the need to find a WiFi hotspot to connect their computers to the web.

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Korea: Fastest Internet Connections in the World

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Akamai has released its latest quarterly State of the Internet report, this one for the 3rd quarter of 2009.  Not surprisingly, it shows that South Korea continues to have the fastest internet connection speeds in the world, and by quite some margin over second ranked Japan.  As shown in the graphic in the upper left (click to see full-size graphic), Koreans on average connected to broadband internet at a speed of 14.6 megabits per second, almost twice as fast as the 7.9 Mbps recorded for second-place Japan.   (Note that Akamai uses its globally-deployed server network to collect data for these reports.  The company estimates that it sees over a billion internet users.)
For further detail, readers will want to download and read the entire report.  Some of the highlights include:

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MBC finally gives in and embraces P2P sharing

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MBC, a major Korean broadcasting company, announced (link in Korean) it will make nearly all of its content available to anyone for sharing. This means any individual or company can freely grab MBC’s original content and put it up on their server without any restrictions.
MBC says they are doing this as they are confident they will be able to monetize successfully. End customers who want to download MBC content should pay around KRW 500 per episode (= about half a buck). MBC will collect the revenues from P2P service providers, and has signed agreement with 40 P2P companies. As a way to make sure there is no loophole, MBC will use the technologies that can detect free-riders — content downloaders who do not pay for the content. There are startup companies, such as Enswer, that can filter out illegally downloaded content.
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The Real-time Web? Been There, Done That

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…………………………………………………..Clive Thompson, a columnist for WIRED magazine has recently shown his excitement about how the real-time Web is leaving Google behind.  But I’d say that Koreans had been there, done that and do not have much good to share with others.

From its early days in 1990s, the Korean Web has been the Web of immediacy, an ideal space for the restless young Koreans searching for an instant gratification with the help of their online peers. Naver, Daum and other key portals in Korea fostered the such trends by combining news and search box in their main page and soon growing as a single destination for the national conversation. Lastly, they topped them off with a display of the real-time beat of hot search keywords, maintaining them as one of the most prominent features for years, as it was the useful index for users to follow the hot conversation of the day. Naver has even released an iPhone app of its hot keyword service.

Funny thing is, many news media, hyper-sensitive about incoming search traffic from portals, has dutifully followed the hot search keywords up to the minute, generating relevant articles that include those keywords, and thus attracting bulk search traffic. Sometimes even news sites that pursue the quality journalism jumped on the bandwagon of keyword hunting, defending their action that the very fact Netizens are buzzing about some issues is good enough to warrant some follow-up stories.

It was a vicious cycle in the Web of immediacy, as the portal’s news content galvanized users to conduct a series of spontaneous online searches around the day’s hot keywords. And that in turn triggered news media to generate more articles about the issues, resulting in the growing dominance of the real-time Web among Koreans.

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