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COUNTRY RANK
11 /79
SCORE
64 /120
STRENGTHS
South Korea retains 13th position in GCI 2019.

South Korea has progressively transformed its economy to become more knowledge-based. It scored full marks for FTTH and 4G coverage, and also shows outstanding performance in broadband penetration, both fixed and mobile. Strong investment in ICT and telecommunications infrastructure provide good support to the growing demand for national and international communications. Ecommerce is growing in popularity, and users experience reported improvements in eGovernment, fixed broadband affordability, and IoT analytics this year.

At the end of last year, South Korea started providing the world’s first commercial 5G network service. 5G is core infrastructure for the fourth industrial revolution characterized by the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), and autonomous vehicles. Looking to the next stage of development in ICT, with increased spending and effort, South Korea will be able to enjoy the benefits of being an early mover.
OPPORTUNITIES
South Korea will further increase investment in research and development for technologies that will accelerate the fourth industrial revolution such as self-driving cars, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. R&D spending will focus on five promising industries: autonomous cars, IoT, semiconductors and displays, bio-health, and renewable energy. The “I-Korea 4.0” policy was developed by Korean government to make its plan for the Fourth Industrial Revolution more approachable and intuitive for citizens.

There will also be an R&D focus on AI and the expansion of AI-based infrastructure, to turn the nation into an artificial intelligence (AI) leader by 2022. AI is part of the Data-Network-AI (DNA) framework, which is a major approach to the 4th industrial revolution. R&D in AI will help to develop the workforce and deliver the skills needed to provide South Korea with the resources that will spearhead AI development. Public investment is expected to be allocated to several large-scale projects, especially in public safety, medicine, and national defense.
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2019
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Country Scores
2019
/120



The Four Technology Enablers
Up from last year
Down from last year
KR 2019
   ---  Average 2019
BROADBAND
45
0 30 120
CLOUD
45
0 30 120
AI
45
0 30 120
IOT
45
0 30 120
The Four Pillars
Up from last year
Down from last year
KR 2019
   ---  Average 2019
SUPPLY
45
0 30 120
DEMAND
45
0 30 120
EXPERIENCE
45
0 30 120
POTENTIAL
45
0 30 120
The 40 Indicators
KR 2019
   ---  Average 2019
10
SCORE
10
SCORE
ICT
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Telecom
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
ICT
Laws
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
International
Internet
Bandwidth
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Fiber
Optic

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
4G
Connections

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
AI Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cloud
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Security
Software
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IoT
Investment

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
10
SCORE
App
Downloads

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
E-Commerce Transactions

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Smartphone
Penetration

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Computer
Households

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Fixed Broadband
Subscriptions
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Mobile
Broadband
Subscriptions
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
AI-enabled
Robotics


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cloud
Migration

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Secured
Internet
Servers

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IoT
Installed Base

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
10
SCORE
E-Government
Services

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Telecom
Customer Service
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Internet
Participation

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Broadband
Download
Speed
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Fixed
Broadband
Affordabillity
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Mobile
Broadband
Affordability
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IoT
Analytics

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cloud
Experience

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cybersecurity
Awareness


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Data Creation


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
10
SCORE
R&D
Expenditure

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
ICT
Patents

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IT
Workforce

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Software
Developers

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
ICT Influencing
New Business
Models
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
AI
Potential
1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Mobile Potential


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Cloud
Potential

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
Broadband Potential


1
CN
CN
CN
CN
10
SCORE
IoT
Potential

1
CN
CN
CN
CN
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