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Internet Usage Statistics:
48,636,068 Internet users as of June, 2010;
81.1% of the population, according to ITU.


Korea was an independent kingdom under Chinese suzerainty for most of the past millennium. Following its victory in the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, Japan occupied Korea; five years later it formally annexed the entire peninsula. After World War II, a republic was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a Communist-style government was installed in the north. During the Korean War (1950-53), US and other UN forces intervened to defend South Korea from North Korean attacks supported by the Chinese. An armistice was signed in 1953, splitting the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. Thereafter, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth with per capita income rising to roughly 14 times the level of North Korea.


Internet Usage Statistics:
39,440,000 Internet users as of June, 2010, 81.1% of the population, according to ITU.

Latest Population Estimate:
48,636,068 population for 2010, according to US Census Bureau.

Gross Domestic Product:
GNI per capita is (ppp) US$ 20,265 according to I.M.F.

Country Area:
99,268 sq km - Population density is 490 persons per sq km

Internet Usage and Population Statistics:

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pop.

Usage Source

2000

19,040,000

48,066,900

39.6 %

ITU

2005

31,600,000
49,929,293
63.3 %

2006

34,120,000

51,300,989

66.5 %

MIC

2008

34,820,000

49,232,844

70.7 %

NIDA

2009

37,475,800

48,508,972

70.7 %

NIDA

2010

48,636,068

39,440,000

81.1 %

ITU






Korea Search Engines and Directories:

ALTAVISTA

Korean

AltaVista - Korea. Mixture of English and Korean. (Not the same as www.altavista.co.kr.)

ALTAVISTA.CO.KR

Korean

AltaVista - Korea. (Not the same as http://kr.altavista.com.)

GOOGLE

Korean

Google, Korea. Site in Korean.

MSN

Korean

MSN - Korea. Site in Korean

NATE

Korean

Korean search engine. Site in Korean.

SIMMANI

Korean

Web Site in Korean.

WISENUT

Korean

Korean specific variant of the American search engine.

ZINGU

Korean

Zingu is the first (and claims to be the most cost-effective) Pay-Per-Click (PPC) search engine in Korea. Site mostly in Korean, but also intuitive to search with for those who cannot read Korean.

YAHOO!

Korean

Yahoo - Korea. Web Site in Korean.

ASIACO

English

Asiaco - South Korea. Bilingual.
Site in Korean and English.



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Ten Years of Internet in Korea:

August 11, 2004 - Approximately 62.8 percent of South Korea's 49 million people now use the Internet, according to new government figures reported by . But young men in the cities are by far the most likely to be Net-savvy.

Since the start of commercial services in 1994 (read article below), the Internet population has been steadily increasing to a point where it is now nears the penetration rate of mobile phones.

Still, South Korea's Internet success has spawned something of a digital divide between ages, sexes and regions.

More than 95 percent of those aged 6 to 29 periodically go online, compared with 86.4 percent of those in their thirties, 58.3 percent of people in their forties and just 27.6 percent of those in their fifties.

The survey also showed that Internet usage stands at 74.4 percent for men, compared with 62 percent of women. Around 70 percent of urban inhabitants use the Internet, while only 46.2 percent of people who live in rural areas go online.

Korean Internet users spend an average of 11.5 hours a week on the Web, an hour less than six months ago. Seventy-three percent surf mainly to search for information, 54 percent play online games and 33 percent use e-mail.

More than 45 percent of respondents said they are a member of at least one Internet community and 37.1 percent of use instant messaging.

With 30.67 million Net surfers, according to the report, Korea became the fifth country in the world to join the 30 million club, following the United States, China, Japan and Germany.

The usage data came via a biannual survey of 17,347 residents from 7,030 households across the country, conducted by the Ministry of Information and Communication and the National Internet Development Agency in June.

Source: Korean Network Information Center.

South Korea Internet and Telecommunications Reports

Korea - Broadband Market Overview and Statistics Report
South Korea has the highest number of broadband connections per capita in the world. By early 2005, around 25% of the population, or 75% of households, were broadband subscribers. Hanaro’s acquisition of Korea Thrunet in early 2005 will position the company to better compete against KT. Powercomm’s debut of broadband services in 2005 will no doubt see other providers scramble to retain their customers in this saturated market. This report describes South Korea’s broadband market, as well as its broadband networks and services including cable modem, ADSL, Very high data rate DSL (VDSL), Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), Broadband over Powerline (BPL), WLAN, WiFi, Broadband Wireless Local Loop (B-WLL), broadband via satellite and the debut of WiBro. Get report summary.


Korea - Convergence, Triple Play and Digital TV Report
South Korea is an early adopter of triple play models, which provide TV, broadband Internet and voice telephony as packaged services from a single provider. This report provides an overview of media convergence and triple play models in South Korea, with special attention paid to the broadcasting sector. The South Korean government is committed to transitioning the country to digital terrestrial, digital cable and digital satellite TV broadcasting by 2010. Additionally, e-services – such as e-commerce, online trading, e-banking, e-government and online gaming – are examined in this report, as e-services will be key drivers of the converged environment in South Korea. Get report summary.


Korea - Mobile Market, 3G and Mobile Data Report
South Korea is considered a leader in Third generation (3G) mobile technology and has the world’s highest percentage of mobile users on 3G. WCDMA, the second 3G standard to enter the Korean market after CMDA2000, became commercially available in December 2003, though the service was failing to attract subscribers even into 2005. In other 3G news in 2005, the government was showing concern that LG Telecom had not launched 3G services despite holding a licence. This report examines the South Korean 3G market. In addition, this report explores mobile voice and data services in South Korea, such as wireless Internet, SMS, MMS and PTT, as well as mobile applications, such as automobile telematics, mobile DMB TV, m-commerce, m-banking and m-government. Get report summary.


Korea - Infrastructure, FttH, and NGNs Report
As a result of the South Korean government’s push to advance telecommunications with the active cooperation from operators, South Korea has become a hotbed for infrastructure developments. This report examines Korea telecom infrastructure developments, focusing on hot topics such as Next Generation Networks (NGNs), Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), Broadband over Powerline (BPL), IPv6 and VoIP. In addition, this report look at the data market in South Korea, including discussions on KT Hitel (KTH), Korea Thrunet data services, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) services, Value-Added Networks (VANs) and Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs). Get report summary.




Further reading on Korea:

Korea Internet Market and Telecom Reports
Get the latest information about South Korea from the largest
global telecommunications research site on the Web.

KRNIC Website
Korea Network Information Center.

Korean Overseas Information Service
Gateway to e-Government websites, information and news from South Korea.

South Korea Country Profile by the BBC
Brief economic and political overview of South Korea, including news and links to the local media. recommended.



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