Telecommunication in South Korea

Compared to the European Union, South Korea is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +82, there were a total of 93.62 million connections in 2019. Among them were 68.89 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections South Korea is very well in the race. Around 96% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 42% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 315,697 webhosts, South Korea is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 168.26 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, South Korea ranked 12th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 155.34 Mbit/second (5th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, South Korea comes 2nd with a download speed of 166.70 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 23 Mbit was enough for 4th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 - 2019




Broadband internet in South Korea 1998 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019South Korea
Total
South Korea
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users21.91 m42.36 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines24.73 m47.82 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars68.89 m133.23 %547.36 m122.31 %