Internet in South Korea
South Korea has emerged to become the world leader in Internet connectivity and speed. The government had established policies and programs that facilitated a rapid expansion and use of broadband.
National program 
South Korea leads in the number of DSL connections per head worldwide. ADSL is standard, but VDSL has started growing quickly. ADSL commonly offers speeds of 2 Mbit/s to 8 Mbit/s, with VDSL accordingly faster. The large proportion of South Korea's population living in apartment blocks helps the spread of DSL, as does a high penetration of consumer electronics in general. Many apartment buildings in built-up metropolitan areas, such as Seoul and Incheon, have speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s. VDSL is commonly found in newer apartments while ADSL is normally found in landed properties where the telephone exchange is far away.
The Internet has a higher status for many Koreans than it does in the West, and the government actively supports this.  and according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation the most developed in the world. Particularly Seoul, the nation's capital, has been called "the bandwidth capital of the world". In January 2006, it became the first country to achieve over 50% broadband penetration per capita. By 2005, it was the first country to complete the conversion from dial-up to broadband. It also has the cheapest, fastest broadband in the world. Now there are experiments with speeds of 1 Gigabit per second. Additionally, in 2005 96.8% of South Korean mobile phones had Internet access.
ISP and IDC 
There are 3 major ISPs. They are KT, SKBroadband, and LGU+ (previously DACOM) and provides the broadband and the dedicated Internet circuit including Ethernet and operating Internet data centers in Seoul. Major MSOs are TBroad, C&M, and CJ Hello vision.
Internet speed 
According to the State of the Internet report from Akamai for Q4 2011, the average Internet speed in South Korea during the quarter was 17.5 Mbit/s, with a peak Internet connection speed of 47.9 Mbit/s.
Wireless broadband 
South Korea offers wireless broadband in major cities. LTE, Wibro and HSDPA are the most common used technologies for South Korea's wireless broadband. Many public restaurants offer free Wi-Fi Internet during business hours.
Real name policy 
There is a government-level proposal to stamp out anonymity in the South Korean internet environment.
The ex-CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, made a negative remark on the South Korean internet environment for falling "a little bit behind" due to governmental regulations during a conference with Choi See-Joong, chairman of Korea Communications Commission, and President Lee Myung-bak.
See also 
- Whitney, Lance (14 January 2010). "Akamai: World's Net connection speeds rising". CNET News. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "South Korea's broadband network most developed". People's Daily Online. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- Hertz, J.C. (August 2002). "The Bandwidth Capital of the World". Wired.com. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- Ahonen, Tomi; O'Reilly, Jim (2007). Digital Korea. futuretext. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-9556069-0-8.
- Ahonen, page 174.
- Ahonen, page 242.
- "South Korea retains Internet speed crown with 17.5 Mbps'". Pingdom. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- Pfanner, Eric (2011-09-04). "Naming Names on the Internet". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
- Choi (최), Yeon-jin (연진) (2011-12-30). "방통위, 인터넷 실명제 폐지 추진". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-12-31.
- Lee, Youkyung (2011-11-08). "Schmidt says S. Korea's Internet regulations could be more 'open'". Yonhap News. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
Further reading 
- McCurry, Justin (July 13, 2010), "Internet addiction driving South Koreans into realms of fantasy", The Guardian
- Ramstad, Evan; Woo, Jaeyeon (June 30, 2010), "South Korea Relaxes Curbs on Web Browsers", Wall Street Journal