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Enjoy the Battle

This edition¡¯s top pick is KT¡¯s plan for their mobile IPTV.
2009 will be the year of IPTV in Korea. Though IPTV it has been launched its commercial service in 2006,
it was just recent when IPTV got strong attention after KT started aggressive movement.

Discussion on IPTV is not limited in Fixed Internet area in Korea.
Coupled with Mobile, KT openly declared that they will provide IPTV service on mobile.
SK Telecom, KT¡¯s biggest rival in Korea has to decide how they should react with these recent offenses toward KT as SK Telecom is having significant footstep in Mobile TV (Satellite DMB).

Besides IPTV there are numerous interesting experiments happening in Korea.
Some are bold, some are abnormal but from the spectator¡¯s view it is just awesome.
You just only enjoy and see what can be the lessons/insights/implications/ideas.
Enjoy and get updates on Korea¡¯s 2009 competitive landscape with us, KoreanInsight.

Yours Yunho Chung
Managing Partner, Veyond Partners

  Top picks of this Edition  

Korean telcos, longing for Mobile IPTV
February 15th, 2009


KT, South Korea¡¯s largest fixed-line and WiBro operator, has created new business opporunities combining WiBro with other services in ways to expand its WiBro market and increase users. Last year KT kicked off a trial run of its WiBro-based Mobile IPTV, which was successful. Now it is expected among Korean WiBro operators, KT and SKT, that their WiBro business will gain momentum with the launch of Mobile IPTV service after the roll-out of 4G networks capable of providing 100Mbps data transfer rates that mobile IPTV requires.

  Trend and Issue  

Korean IPTV service coming to the United States
February 12th, 2009

POSDATA, an IT service provider established by Korea¡¯s largest steelmaker POSCO, has announced the commercial launch of its IPTV service after a trial since the end of last year in Los Angeles .

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South Korea will build 1 Gb/s Information Superhighway by 2012
February 5th, 2009

The Korea Communications Commission has recently announced that it plans to invest 34 trillion won (roughly 24.6 billion dollars) including investment of about 32.8 trillion won ...

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Smartphone Battle Heats up in South Korea
January 30th, 2009

Before the smartphone market in South Korea started booming in 2007 there was skepticism about whether there is enough demand from Korean consumers for internet-capable smartphones...

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Bluehole Studio, creating the next flagship MMORPG ¡°Tera¡±
January 28th, 2009

Bluehole Studio is a Korean MMORPG developer founded in March 2007 by former members of NCsoft¡¯s Lineage II development team. Last week Bluehole officially unveiled its blockbuster...

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  Korea in Blogosphere  

MySpace Struggles In Korea, Shuts Down Regional Office
by Jason Kincaid on February 9th, 2009

MySpace will be closing its Korean satellite office by end of the month, we¡¯ve learned, though its Korean portal will continue to operate and will be maintained by staff in the company¡¯s other Asian offices. Sources close to the company say that the layoffs will affect fewer than ten people, but that unlike MySpace¡¯s recent shutdown of its Netherlands office where some employees were offered reassignment, the Korean employees will not be consolidated into other regional offices.

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