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3.1.1 Introduction to the Korean Mobile Phone Industry
“As of 2007, the number of mobile phone subscribers around the world topped 3.3 billion or about 50% of the world’s population. Korea’s mobile phone industry began to grow in earnest in 1996 when the nation first commercialized Code Division Multiple Access technology. Since then, Korean electronics companies have led the digital convergence of cellular phones with camera and MP3 player functions, continually expanded their global market share in the process. For instance, the combined market share of Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics – the two leading makers in Korea – increased from 14% in 2002 to 24.1% in 2008” (Sung-Ho 2008).
It was in 1984 that the Korean Mobile Phone Industry saw its inception through the car phone service. However, the industry was powered fundamentally through foreign imports and domestic contribution remained at a minimal. First generation analogue mobile communication devices were first introduced in the 1980s and were used until the mid 1990s came (The Korean Culture and Information Service 2008). Companies such as Motorola and Nokia dominated the market. Motorola’s dominance in the industry grew to as much as 70% in the early 90s (Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency 2005). The mid 1990s brought the second generation cellular phones that introduced Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology and served as a pivotal transformation in mobile phone development. Options and applications such as Short Messaging Service, wireless internet and transmission of data became frequently used cellular phone functions around this time.