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Telecommunication in South Korea

Compared to the United States, South Korea is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +82, there were a total of 94.37 million connections in 2020. Among them were 70.51 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 315,697 webhosts, South Korea is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 307,856 million of these, or about 98 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 107.29 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, South Korea ranked 21st in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 95.49 Mbit/second (7th place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, South Korea comes 3rd with a download speed of 109.65 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was only enough for 19th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in South Korea from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in South Korea 1998 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerSouth Korea is doing very well in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 97% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 43% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020South Korea
South Korea
Internet users50.02 m96.51 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users22.33 m43.07 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines23.86 m46.03 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars70.51 m136.03 %351.48 m106.03 %

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