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KT to expand overseas network to handle Netflix traffic

Consumer Electronics 11:48 February 07, 2019

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- KT Corp., South Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier, said Thursday it will expand its overseas network capacity to deal with a sharp rise in traffic caused by U.S. video streaming giant Netflix.

KT joined its local peers to increase its network capacity abroad to handle a growing number of complaints over the streaming quality and speed of high-resolution videos offered by Netflix.

"KT plans to expand overseas bandwidth this month in line with Netflix's traffic usage so as to not cause inconvenience among customers," a KT official said, without elaborating on the scope of the network capacity and schedule.

Last month, SK Broadband Inc., the internet service subsidiary of SK Telecom Co., said it will double the overseas network to 100 gigabits per second to deal with the heavy traffic from Netflix.

In November, its smaller rival, LG Uplus Corp., formed a partnership with Netflix to provide its content on its IPTV set-top boxes.

To watch Netflix in HD quality, a user must have a connection speed of 5 megabits per second or faster and a steady Internet connection speed of 25 Mbps or higher for Ultra HD.

The number of Netflix users on the Android platform in South Korea jumped from 340,000 in January 2018 to 1.27 million in December of the year, according to market tracker Wise App.

KT headquarters in downtown Seoul

ejkim@yna.co.kr
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