Denny Kim, Strategy Director for KT, Korea, is speaking at the Broadband Asia conference taking place on the 9th-10th April 2013 in Hong Kong. Ahead of the show we found out what he thinks will be the major challenges for the carrier in the next 12 months.
What major developments have there been for the broadband industry in your region over the past year?
The Korean telecom market has been ranked as number one in the ICT Development Index for two consecutive years and as of today, Korea enjoys 4G LTE coverage of more than 98 per cent. As for the fixed broadband network, the observed average connection speed in Korea is 16.6Mbps.
What opportunities do the new cloud services provide for operators?
Cloud services are a key feature for fixed and mobile convergence and the multi-device environment. It is very important for operators to be able to provide premium services based on mobile and fixed-broadband networks for public and enterprise cloud services customers.
What are the key challenges around the monetisation of data?
The exploding amount of data traffic and the accordingly increasing network costs, combined with the erosion of traditional services such as voice and SMS by OTT player services are the key challenges.
Is FTTH really necessary for businesses and consumers and what are the stumbling blocks to rolling it out?
The last mile of fibre infrastructure is becoming more and more important, because of increasing mobile fixed data traffic. Femtocell offload and hybrid IPTV are good examples for the importance of uses for FTTH.
How important is wifi offload to your rollout plans?
Wifi offload and seamless mobility between heterogeneous radio technologies are becoming more and more critical. Wifi offload needs to evolve to give high-end users a great experience, while transitioning from other networks.
Where does fixed wireless come into your planning and if so what technologies will you be using?
KT has nationwide WiMAX coverage and the harmonisation of WiMAX and LTE technology should bring more efficient use of radio frequencies.
What is the most exciting development you expect to see in broadband over the next 12 months?
I expect to see the global expansion of LTE deployment and the expansion of mobile coverage in emerging countries.