Mobile phone industry in South Korea
- 1984, Korea Mobile Telecommunications Service, Korea Telecom's subsidiary which later became SK Telecom, started its mobile communications service, using the car phone
- 1988, Korea Mobile Telecommunications Service started South Korea's first mobile phone service.
- 1996, Korea Mobile Telecommunications Service started the world's first cdmaOne service in Incheon. In the same year, Korea Telecom Freetel (KTF), which later got merged with Korea Telecom, its parent company, began its service.
- 1997, Korea Mobile Telecommunications Service was sold to SK Group and changed its name to SK Telecom. In the same year, LG Telecom started its business.
- 2002, Korea Telecom Freetel merged Internet companies invested by Samsung Group and became KTF.
- 2009, KTF was merged with Korea Telecom.
- 2010, LG Telecom, LG Dacom, LG Powercom were merged into LG U Plus.
- 2012, South Korea shutdown all 2g service and to 3g network.
Mobile phone service providers
The are three mobile phone service providers.
- Korea Telecom
- Korea Telecom (KT) in 2002 absorbed KT Freetel (KTF), its mobile phone service provider, and offers its services, using HSPA and LTE networks. It is currently deploying an LTE network.
- LG U Plus
- SK Telecom
There market shares of the three companies are believed to be: SK Telecom's 50 percent, Korea Telecom's 30 percent and LG Telecom's 20 percent.
Mobile phone industry
In South Korea, the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) is the telecommunications authority.
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) supports Qualcomm's research and development of CDMA and CDMA2000 technology.
Regarding the Korean mobile phone industry's overseas experiences, SK Telecom has helped the first mobile phone service companies in Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, etc. In China, it helped China Unicom's CDMA implementation, both technically and financially.
Samsung and Apple have the largest market shares in Korea. Nokia already discontinued its sales operations in Korea.
- Telecommunications in South Korea
- List of telephone operating companies
- List of mobile network operators
- List of mobile phone makers
- Culture of South Korea
- Korea Telecom official site (Korean & English)
- LG U Plus official site(Korean & English)
- SK Telecom official site (Korean & English)