Widening universal service in Korea to include broadband and mobile communications

Daeho Kim (Professor, Inha University, Nam‐gu, Incheon, South Korea)

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ISSN: 1463-6697

Publication date: 15 August 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how the scope of universal service has been extended from voice telephony to include broadband and mobile communications in Korea. This paper addresses how Korea's approach to broadband and mobile service utilizes different strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is an analysis of universal service policies. It applies five criteria for reviewing whether broadband and mobile communications could be included in the scope of universal service.

Findings

This paper addresses Korea's approach to broadband and mobile service utilizes different strategies. An information society policy was applied to broadband diffusion, while a regulatory policy was applied to mobile service diffusion. Korea's universal service expansion policy shows a government and industry integration model.

Originality/value

This paper shows Korea's unique approach for universal service. It deals with how universal service has been driven forward as a part of an information society plan and information divide bridging policy in Korea. With flexible approaches, broadband and mobile services could start to be regarded as universal services.

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Citation

Kim, D. (2008), "Widening universal service in Korea to include broadband and mobile communications", info, Vol. 10 No. 5/6, pp. 70-82. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636690810904724

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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