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South Korean telecommunications companies reduce dependence on their core business

The three largest telecom companies in South Korea, SK Telecom (SKT), KT and LG Uplus, are looking for new business areas and growth industries outside their usual core business, the conventional telecom sector. The companies see difficulties in continuing their businesses in the telephony sector successfully in the post-Corona era and the entry into the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. According to their own statements, the aforementioned companies have already upgraded or supplemented their conventional telephony services with artificial intelligence, Big Data and cloud services.



A spokesperson for the telecom industry confirmed the shift within the companies toward providers of digital services of all kinds, such as online shopping, web and server hosting, streaming and contactless payment processing. For example, SK Telecom recently changed its company name to SKT to reduce the reference to telecommunications. KT (Korea Telecom) calls itself an “AI company” or “digital platform provider” in hopes of attracting more business customers. LG Uplus dropped the word “telecom” from its company name long ago, and its businesses in other areas outside of telephony have shown good growth rates in recent years.

SKT plans to transform itself into a global tech company with growth in media, IT security and commerce. The basis for this is the existing Information and Communications Technology division. Plans call for the new business areas to account for more than 35 percent of sales in the future. This year, the media sector has already posted a 20 percent year-on-year increase in sales. Here, SKT has bought up the provider T-broad and now offers IPTV services. The number of subscribers increased by 129,000 in the previous quarter. SKT is also planning to establish a platform for mobility and positioning services based on its popular T Map system. A strategic partnership with the cab service Uber is under discussion here.

South Korea is considered one of the most important and innovative industrial nations in the world. To gain market access to this highly technological country, products imported into South Korea must be tested and certified. The KC mark or certificate is roughly equivalent to the European CE mark and applies to 730 different products, including many electronic products. For products with a radio module, KC EMC certification is also required. MPR International GmbH has solid experience in Korea certification and competent local partners.

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Julian Busch

About the author: Julian Busch is the founder and managing director of MPR International GmbH

Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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