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Triple play in Korea
01 April 2004
Sang-Yong Lee, managing director of South Korea's BSI, is building a broadband network to enable cable operators to offer the triple play of video, broadband internet and IP telephony ? plus other advanced services ? to their customers
South Korea is the most advanced broadband market in the world.
It is available to 95% of homes and 75% of homes were taking
the service at the end of June 2003.
According to the DSL Forum, 30.4% of all phone lines were
carrying DSL at the end of the third quarter of 2003. Market
research group Point Topic expects that there will be around
13.5 million broadband users by the end of 2005.
Cable has lost market share to DSL — and so the
cable operators are having to fight back. Not only against DSL
but — in terms of getting multiple television channels
to customers — against direct-to-home satellite
They are investing heavily in digital technology so they can
offer their customers the triple play of voice over IP, fast
internet services and video —TV channels and, in time,
video on demand....
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