South Korea, located in East Asia, is characterised by a densely populated urban landscape with an estimated 51 million people, most of whom are concentrated in the metropolitan areas of Seoul, Busan, and Incheon. Despite being a relatively small and mountainous country, South Korea's advanced infrastructure, such as its extensive road and rail networks, has enabled the rapid deployment of technology and telecommunications, including a nationwide 5G network. The country’s Jeju Island, a self-governing province, has become a test bed for electric vehicles and smart grid technologies, supporting the country's renewable energy ambitions. South Korea has a mature technology sector, being home to global electronics giants like Samsung and LG, and a rapidly developing renewable energy sector, with commitments to significantly increase its generation of wind and solar power. This robust infrastructure and commitment to technological innovation make South Korea a significant player in the global technology and telecommunications landscape.

ITU Region
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Regulatory Body
Korea Communications Commission KCC
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Mobile Network Operators

The are 3 companies operating mobile networks in this region.

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KT Corporation, originally known as Korea Telecom, is a South Korean telecommunications company established in 1981. The company, once entirely state-owned, was the first of its kind in South Korea and has been instrumental in the development of the nation's information technology sector. The National Pension Service of South Korea is currently the largest shareholder, holding 12.19% of shares, but it has no managerial control over the company. In 1994, KT divested its wireless affiliate, Korea Mobile Telecom, but reentered the wireless market in 1997 with the establishment of PCS carrier...
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LG Uplus Corp, also known as LG U+, is a South Korean mobile network operator that is a subsidiary of LG Corporation. The company was initially known as LG Telecom but rebranded to its current name on 1st July 2010. LG Uplus is considered the third-largest wireless carrier in South Korea. The company's history dates back to 1996 when LG entered the wireless communications market by acquiring a CDMA license. This led to the establishment of a new carrier named LG Telecom, which went on to build a nationwide digital cellular network. In 1998, LG Telecom launched the world's first commercial...
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SK Telecom (SK텔레콤 or 에스케이텔레콤) (Sunkyong Telecom) is a wireless telecommunications service provider in the Republic of Korea. The company began operations in 1984 as Korea Mobile Telecommunications Services Corp (한국 이동 통신 서비스), initially as a subsidiary of state-owned Korea Telecom (KT) until privatisation in 1993. By 1994 SK Group (then Sunkyong Group) had acquired a majority shareholding. The company joined the SK Group in January 1997 and changed its name to SK Telecom in March of that year.

SK Telecom began operations providing 1G AMPS services, achieving national coverage by 1991, and...

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