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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

Sang-Yong Lee
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 services.

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....