Broadband in South Korea

South Korea’s leadership in broadband is once again emphasised by this article in NYTimes:

With a hefty push from the government, South Korea’s telecommunications providers have built the world’s most comprehensive Internet network, supplying affordable and reliable access that far surpasses what is available in the United States, even in those homes that have their own broadband setup.

And now that most of the nation is online at high speeds, South Koreans are shifting more of their analog lives to their computers, where they watch soap operas, attend virtual test preparation schools, sing karaoke and, most of all, play games.

“The killer application of the Internet is speed,” said Lee Yong Kyung, the chief executive of the KT Corporation, formerly known as Korea Telecom, which controls nearly half of the country’s broadband market. “The money is in the pipes.”

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