Why Is South Korea a Global Broadband Leader?

from EFF

A universal fiber network that was completed years ago. Millions of 5G users. Some of the world’s fastest and cheapest broadband connections. South Korea has all of these, while other nations that have the same resources lag behind. How did South Korea become a global leader in the first place? EFF did a deep dive into this question and has produced the following report. The key takeaway: government policies that focus on expanding access to telecommunications infrastructure were essential to success.

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  1. Although not knowing much about the telecommunication topic and South Korea, I was intrigued by the article to see how things got to the point we are today. Bein born in this century, I believe my childhood was the period when everything started to accelerate, therefore when we got to an education which we could think critically and understand the world, things were already in this fast pace of the world today. I would like to reflect on the key takeaway: “government policies that focus on expanding access to telecommunications infrastructure were essential to success.” This may sound obvious but I can relate to my home country, Brazil, as an example of a country who lack the telecommunication in a level such as the South Korean one. There are many reasons for that and the main ones I believe are government investment, related to the key takeaway, and geography. Firstly, the Brazilian government has long been known for corruption and terrible use of the pubic money that should be used for benefit of the people. Added to that, with a low quality of public services such as transportation, education, and health, the people demand this more than a telecommunication improvement, therefore the efforts of the government shifts. The geographical aspect is also interesting because Brazil is a huge country and much larger than South Korea, making it more difficult and expensive to reach remote areas and populations. In conclusion, I see South Korea as an example but I believe there are many different reasons why so many countries in the world are behind.

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