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Telecommunications Development in Asia$
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John URE

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099029

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099029.001.0001

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Korea (South)

Korea (South)

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(p.217) 10 Korea (South)
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Telecommunications Development in Asia
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John Ure

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099029.003.0011

This chapter examines telecommunications development in South Korea. In the 1980s South Korea began to modernize its telecom infrastructure, expand communications throughout the nation, and reform in a top down fashion. Korea Telecom, a supply-oriented state monopoly, was established in 1981 and started operations in 1982 as part of a structural separation of telecom policy and management functions to improve efficiency and eliminate the waiting list for telephones. Korea's first analogue cellular services were started in 1984 by the state-run Korea Mobile Telecommunications Service. The government also promoted the development of a digital telephone switching system, known as TDX, which enabled faster switching than analogue equipment and helped relieve chronic network congestion.

Keywords:   telecommunications development, Korea, telecom infrastructure, Korea Telecom, telecom policy, Korea Mobile Telecommunications Service, telephone switching system, TDX

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