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The South Korean telecoms market is mature and one of the most advanced in the world. The government is making every effort to promote the country as the global leader in the ICT industry. The country is on track to roll out its 1Gbps network to its citizens, and is planning to extend its leadership in the global ICT space by deploying a 10Gbps network by 2022.


  • The government concluded the spectrum awards in the 700MHz, 1.8GHz, 2.1GHz, and 2.6GHz bands.
  • The regulator ends asymmetric charges for South Korea's three MNOs.
  • The MSIP eases certain regulations for IoT services.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment in South Korea.
  • Outlines the relevant regulated markets and the operators designated as dominant.

Key questions answered

  • What remedies are imposed at the retail and wholesale levels for fixed and mobile services in South Korea?
  • What are the current regulation and telecoms policies in South Korea?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis


  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Regulation of IPTV
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access
  • VoLTE

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband


  • Methodology
  • Author