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International Telecommunication Union

International Telecommunication Union

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B
ROADBAND
K
OREA
:I
NTERNET
C
ASE
S
TUDY
March 2003
I n t e r n a t i o n a l T e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n U n i o n
 
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This report was prepared by Tim Kelly, Vanessa Gray and Michael Minges. It is basedon research carried out from 23 to 30 May 2002 as well as articles and reports notedin the document. The assistance of 
the Ministry of Information and Communication
,particularly Sang-Hak Lee, was indispensable and highly appreciated. The assistanceof colleagues within ITU is also noted particularly Nathalie Delmas, who formatted thereport and created the cover. Both Jin-Kyu Jeong and Chinyong Chong provided detailedcomments.The report would not have been possible without the cooperation of the many Koreanorganizations who offered their time to the report’s authors. The report is one of aseries examining the Internet in developing nations. Additional information is availableon ITU’s Internet Case Study web page athttp://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/cs/.The report may not necessarily reflect the opinions of ITU, its members or theGovernment of the Republic of Korea.The title refers to Korea’s top ranking in broadband Internet penetration.
© ITU 2003
N
OTE: UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE, ALL REFERENCES TO KOREA INTHE REPORT REFER TO THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA ALSO COMMONLYKNOWN AS SOUTH KOREA.
 
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Contents
1. From rags to riches in ICT.................................................... 1
1.1The Korea miracle.......................................................................11.2What explains Korea’s success?.....................................................21.3ICT in the Korean economy...........................................................3
2. ICT market .......................................................................... 5
2.1The end of circuit switching?.........................................................52.2Another broadband path to the home.............................................92.3Broadening Internet..................................................................102.4Mobile Communications..............................................................14
3. Sector absorption and ICT applications ............................. 31
3.1E-government...........................................................................313.2Education.................................................................................393.3Health......................................................................................453.4Electronic commerce in Korea.....................................................46
4. The Information Society in Korea ...................................... 53
4.1The Vision of a Creative, Knowledge-Based Society........................534.2The Policy Push – creating an information society..........................544.3Information society lifestyles......................................................57
5. Conclusion ......................................................................... 63
5.1State of the Internet..................................................................635.2Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics.................................................645.3Learning from Korea..................................................................65
Annex 1: List of meetings........................................................ 71Annex 2: Acronyms and abbreviations .................................... 72Annex 3: Framework dimensions ............................................ 75

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