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BMI View: Ongoing efforts by the operators to improve their network infrastructure in a bid to cater to rising demand for faster data transmission will provide further impetus to 4G market growth in South Korea. In addition, spectrum auction ed in 2016 could provide the foundation for 5G services .
|Growth Driven By 4G Migration|
|South Korea Mobile Forecasts|
|f = BMI forecast. Source: BMI, MSIP, operators|
Latest Updates & Industry Developments
Approximately 1.653 mn new mobil e subscriptions were added in 20 15, taking the total to 58.613mn. This was a little above expectations and we forecast 59.375mn by the end of 2016. The focus is on 3G/4G migration and customer numbers will reach 51.606mn in 2016 and 59.672mn by 2020, or 97.1 % of the mobile market.
In the wireline arena, the focus is on rolling out fibre-based high-speed accesses, over which operators can deliver multiple high-value services. Multi-play services are becoming commonplace. There will be 20.385mn broadband accesses by end-2016, rising to 21.551mn by 2020.