Top Consumer ISPs in South Korea

In South Korea, dialup accounts continue to decrease as users trade up for cable modem and DSL access. Satellite services show a dramatic decrease, but this segment of the broadband market is under the control of a single incumbent carrier, Korea Telecom. As a result, it’s impossible to distinguish between a monopoly disincentive hindering satellite uptake and the technological disadvantages of satellite Internet access, which is subject to latency.

Rank

ISP

Dialup

xDSL

Cable

ISDN

WLAN

Tier

1

Korea Telecom

204,441

4,110,060

68,470

754

1

2

Boranet,
Supernet
(DACOM)

159,537

79,642

74,869

2
3
98,722
5

4

Shinbiro
(Onse Telecom)

18,048

408,138

3
5
Samsung
Networks
(formerly UNITEL)
20,000
3
6
Hanvit
15,144
5
7
Hitel
(KOLNET)
2,900
3
8
Elimnet
2,700
3
9
758
3
10
NEXTEL
150
20
11

Hanaro Telecom

1,267,136

1,524,760

25,012

39,355

2
12

Broadband
Media,
DreamX

43,524

87,435

3
13
32,020
4
14
kiti net
25,000
5

15

ISS@N
20,086
3
16

Korea ThruNet

3,869

1,302,497

2
17
3,100
73,400
3
18
2,600
15,210
4
19
877
34,132
4
20
340
5
21
Raynet
98
5
22
MINS
3
3,117
5
23
Syncroad,
NetsGO
(SK Telecom )
32,384
3
3, 3
24
38,350
5
25
27,500
4
26
Kangnam
Cable TV
18,292
4
27
KCNET
15,458
4
28
Cableline
11,689
29
Kawhcon
Broadcasting
Network
7,100
5
Total
(including
smaller operators)
504,356
5,587,835
3,697,745
93,505
40,109

Notes:

1) Korea Telecom was the sole satellite Internet provider in South Korea and reported 6,087 subscribers.

2) We do not count free and shell accounts, which number 4,369,047 at Boranet (DACOM), 5,504,614 at the all-free university provider Edunet, 424,846 at Kolnet (Hitel), 2,132,437 at Netsgo (SK Telecom), and 1,850,201at Nowcom.

3) Tiers are defined by KoreaNIC by number of /24s of IP addresses as follows:

Tier 1: more than 16,384
Tier 2: more than 2,048
Tier 3: more than 256
Tier 4: more than 32
Tier 5: more than 4
Tier 6: more than 1

Tier 7: 1

An ISP’s tier determines the annual fees it owes KoreaNIC.

4) KoreaNIC says there are 85 facilities-based ISPs in South Korea.

Top Webhosts in South Korea
For reasons not explained by the data shown here, the total number of leased line accounts and the total number of Webhosting accounts both declined in South Korea over the past six months. This could mean that there are fewer sites that need to be hosted or that sites hosted in South Korea three months ago have found hosts in other countries. Either way, there has been a downturn in Webhosting activity.

Rank

ISP

Webhosting Accounts

Leased
Lines
1
TTNet (Today & Tomorrow)
16,473

2

Korea Telecom

10,517

31,882

3
Hitel (KOLNET)
4,650
368

4

Boranet (DACOM)

5,258

11,564

5

Shinbiro (Onse Telecom)

914

1,218

6
400
78

7

Korea ThruNet

302

845

8
EDUNET
400
3

9

Hanaro Telecom

95

6,435

10
83
946
11
SamsungNetworks
(formerly UNITEL)
70
800
12
15
594
Total: South Korea
(including small operators)
40,787
76,312

Networking Accounts in South Korea
The number of networking accounts increased as cable and DSL users signed up for them.

Rank

ISP

Leased Line

xDSL

Cable

WLAN

Total

1

Korea Telecom

556,898

556,898

2

Broadband Media, DreamX

48,952

48,952

3

Hanaro Telecom

16,854

16,854

4
InterTNS (Internet Training & Service)
1,810
2,120

3,830

5
3,200

3,200

6
1,850

1,850

Total: South Korea
(including small operators)
8,269
601,219
48,952
0

658,440

Reprinted from ISP-Planet

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