South Korea Telecom Investment Environment Report, 2008-2009
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In virtue of communications infrastructure construction and improvement, the number of subscribers for broadband and mobile services surged. South Korea’s telecom market has boosted up since the beginning of the 21st century. Yet, the market is almost saturated when communication business has been popularized to a certain degree, and market growth stems primarily from business innovation. As of the end of 2008, the number of broadband subscribers in South Korea reached 15.48 million, that of fixed-phone subscribers 22.13 million and that of mobile phone users 45.63 million.

South Korea Main Telecom Revenue by Business, 2004-2008 (Unit: KWR million)
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Source: The Korea Association of Information and Telecommunication

Although the traditional telecommunications services market is now close to saturation, plus the higher entry barrier, there is still insufficiency of telecom-related content supply and differentiated service, and no restriction is exerted on the access of foreign capital in this regard in South Korea telecom market.
 
In addition, South Korean telecom market is faced with relatively loose supervision, but the market will employ new technologies and standards rapidly due to technological advancement. The new entrants should trail and research South Korea’s industry policies and monitoring systems, and actively establish and maintain a close relationship with governmental departments and major telecom operators in order to avoid regulatory and policy risks.

1. Profile of South Korea
1.1 Basic Information
1.1.1 Geography
1.1.2 Population & Ethnics 
1.1.3 Security Situation 
1.1.4 Education & Culture  
1.1.5 Political Climate
1.2 Regionalism 
1.3 Foreign Relations
1.3.1 Relation with China
1.3.2 Relation with Other Countries

2. Economy Overview & Investment Environment 
2.1 GDP & Growth Rate  
2.2 Regional Economy
2.3 Industry Structure & Development of Mainstay Industries
2.3.1 Industrial Restructuring
2.3.2 Development of Mainstay Industries
2.4 Economic Policies & Investment Areas
2.4.1 Major Economic Policies
2.4.2 Key Investment Areas
2.5 Foreign Trade
2.6 Investment Environment

3. Foreign Investment Environment & Control Policy
3.1 Foreign Access Policy
3.2 Laws & Regulations on South Korea Taxation, Accounting and Auditing
3.2.1 On Taxation
3.2.2 On Accounting and Auditing
3.3 Procedures of Establishing Domestic Enterprises & Foreign Invested Enterprises 
3.3.1 Investment Authorities
3.3.2 Procedures of Establishing Foreign-Funded Enterprises
3.3.3 Approval Process for Investment Plan Changes 
3.4 Labor Market & Relevant Laws & Regulations
3.4.1 Labor Market
3.4.2 Labor Laws & Regulations 
3.5 Investment Environment in Telecommunications Industry
3.5.1 Telecom Legislation
3.5.2 Telecom Regulation
3.5.3 Operating Licenses & Tariff Management
3.5.4 Foreign Access Policy 

4. Telecommunications Market Environment
4.1 Overall Trend of Market Development
4.2 Fixed Telephone Market Environment
4.3 Mobile Communications Market Environment
4.4 Broadband & Internet Market Environment
4.5 Telecommunications Infrastructure Network & International Network

5. Key Operators 
5.1 SK Telecom
5.2 KT
5.3 LG Telecom
5.4 SK Broadband
5.5 LG DACOM

6. Strategies and Suggestions for the Access into South Korea Telecom Market
South Korea's GDP & Growth Rate, 2003-2008 
Dano Industry Structure, 2008 
Kwangju Optoelectronics Industry Cluster Structure 
Kwangju Optoelectronics Industry Outlook, 2010 
Ulsan Newly-built Industry Regions 
South Korean Export Amount to Its Major Trade Partners, 2008 
South Korean Import Amount to Its Major Trade Partners, 2008 
South Korea's Annual Foreign Trade, 2001-2008 
History of South Korea's Ministry of Knowledge Economy 
Specific Types & Content of Foreign Investment Application 
Materials Required by Registration of Foreign-Invested Enterprises 
South Korea Domestic Labor Market, 2006-March, 2009
South Korea Labor Remuneration, 2007-2008
South Korea Communications Commission (KCC) Organization Structure
Restrictions on Foreign Investment in the Equities of South Korean Telecom Companies
South Korea's Major Telecom Business Revenue, 2004-2008 
South Korea's Fixed-Telephone Subscribers Number, 2000-2008 
South Korea's Fixed-Telephone Penetration Rate, 2000-2008 
Market Shares of South Korea's Fixed-Telephone Operators, 2008 
Mobile Phone Subscribers Number in South Korea, 2000-2008 
Mobile Phone Penetration Rate in South Korea, 2000-2008 
3G Business Types and Timetable Issued by South Korea 3G Operators 
WCDMA Subscribers Number in South Korea, 2003-2008 
South Korea Mobile Communications Market, End of 2008
South Korea Internet Subscriber Development, 2000-2008 
Market Shares of South Korea's Operators of Broadband Internet Service, 2008 
South Korea Information Infrastructure (KII) Planning 
South Korea's U-It839 Strategy 
South Korea's Informatization Policies and Processes
South Korea's Domestic Submarine Cable
Main International Submarine Cables via South Korea 
SK Telecom Equity Structure
SK Telecom Main Business Revenue, 2008 
SK Telecom Revenue and Profit, 2005-2008 
SK Telecom Subscribers and Market Share, 2005-2008 
SK Telecom Annual ARPU Trends, 2005-2008 
SK Telecom MOU Change Trends, 2005-2008 
KT Fixed-Telephone Subscribers Number and Market Share, 2005-2008 
KT Broadband Subscribers Number and Market Share, 2005-2008 
Former KTF Main Business Revenue, 2008 
Former KTF Gross Profit (EBITDA), 2005-2008
KTF WCDMA Subscribers, 2007-2008
KTF CDMA Subscribers, 2007-2008 
KTF Quarterly ARPU Change Trend, 2007-2008 
LG Telecom Equity Structure 
LG Telecom Balance Sheet, 2006-2008
LG Telecom Revenue and Profit Change Trend, 2006-2008
LG Telecom ARPU Change Trend, 2004-2008
LG Telecom MOU Change Trend, 2004-2008
LG Telecom Main Business Performance, 2006-2008
LG Telecom Subscriber Number, 2004-2008
SK Broadband Main Service Projects 
SK Broadband Main Business Performance, 2008 
SK Broadband Subscriber Number and Market Share, 2005-2008
SK Broadband Fixed-Telephone Subscribers Number and Market Share, 2005-2008 
SK Broadband Balance Sheet, 2004-2008
SK Broadband Operation Revenue and Profit, 2007-2008 
LG Dacom Equity Structure
LG Dacom Balance Sheet, 2005-2008 
LG Dacom Sales and Profit Change Trend, 2005-2008 
LG Dacom Main Business Ratio, 2007-2008 
LG Dacom Main Business Performance, 2007-2008 
LG Dacom Fixed-Telephone Subscribers Number and Market Share, 2005-2008 
LG Powercom Balance Sheet, 2005-2008 
LG Powercom Sales and Profit Change Trend, 2005-2008 
LG Powercom Broadband Subscriber Number and Market Share, 2005-2008

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