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  • Communication Facilities
  • 인쇄하기
  • High-speed Internet
  • High speed Internet has spread rapidly in Korea, one of the world’s most Internet savvy countries. High-speed Internet services are available in many homes. There are three major companies offering high-speed Internet services: KT olleh and SK Broadband, and LG U+. You can either sign up for the service by calling the registration numbers or sign up for the service online. An installation technician will be sent to your home to install Internet services
    To use Internet service, you need either wired equipment for wired Internet or wireless equipment for wireless Internet. Initial cost for installment is 20,000 won and monthly service charges range from 25,500 to 30,000 won (VAT excluded). However, service charges may vary depending on the Internet service provider and Internet Plan.In general, contracts vary from 1 year to 3years. Discount rates are applied depending on the period of your contract. However, if you cancel your service within the terms of your contract or shorten the period of your contract, a fee may be charged to compensate for the amount of the discount you received over the length of your contract. You will also have to pay rental fees for the modem and AP. Therefore, you must consider the length of your stay when you sign the contract.
  • Internet cafes (PC bang)
  • Throughout Seoul, there are many places where you can use the Internet, so it should be easy to find one in your neighborhood. These places are called PC bang, a Korean word for Internet cafe and can include words such as ‘cyber’, ‘net’ and ‘internet plaza’ in their names. When you need to use the Internet to check your e-mail, surf the web, work on or print documents, go to a PC bang in your neighborhood. You can use the Internet at a reasonable price. Hourly rates are between 1,000 and 1,500won. If you have membership or go to the PC bang during nighttime hours, it is cheaper to use the Internet
  • Cable TV
  • Cable TV is a means of communication that combines broadcasting and telecommunication and provides multi-channels relating to a variety of specialized fields of broadcasting. Depending on their needs, viewers can choose from many specialized channels, including movies, dramas, sports/games, news/information, entertainment, regional access/TV guide, home shopping, children, music, hobby/living, culture/documentary, women/family, education /public access and religion. In addition, viewers can watch not only territorial broadcasting, but also overseas satellite TV programs from America,Japan, Australia, China and Europe. Recently, cable TV providers have begun to offer internet service with internet-based phone service.

    A foreigner who wants to sign up for cable TV service needs to provide his or her name, contact information, address, Alien Registration Card, and a bank account for automatic money transfer. (For money transfer by giro, a copy of one’s passport is required.) Required documents may be different for each cable service company, so you must make inquiries at your local cable TV provider. You can contact the Korean Cable TV Association for phone numbers of each local cable service provider.
    Tel. 02-735-6511
    www.kcta.or.kr
    Rates differ between on services and you should pay for installation and equipment additionally
  • Satellite broadcasting
  • Satellite broadcasting refers to broadcasting TV programs and PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) programs using a BS (Broadcasting Satellite), which is located 35,784km above the earth. Through satellite broadcasting, viewers can watch channels from all over the world, which are not available on territorial broadcasting. You can also videotape your favorite programs and watch them later. SkyLife is a representative satellite TV provider in Korea. It is a multichannel digital satellite broadcast station that provides high definition pictures and high quality sound based on digital technology, hundreds of channels, simultaneous broadcasting of the same quality programs throughout the nation, data broadcastingservices through interactive communication and specialized audio channel services. Any detailed inquiries is available by calling SKYLIFE’s customer service center (Tel. 1588-3002.) To watch satellite programs, you need an antenna, receiver, Smart Card and remote controls. SkyLife’s staff will install this equipment.
    Monthly rates vary depending on satellite TV providers, products and the term of your contract. In addition to the monthly rates, you need to pay for the receiver, antenna and installation. It is difficult to recommend a 3-year contract package, which is generally applied to Korean people, since foreigners do not normally reside in Korea for a long time (In case of cancellation of the 3-year contract, a penalty of quite a large amount is imposed). In this context, a rate system that does not cause any penalty is recommended in case of cancellation of the contract at anytime. Moreover, an information (text) service like Sky Touch, in which all menus are supported in Korean, is meaningless to those foreigners who do not understand Korean. For this reason, Sky Touch should not be added to the service for foreigners with no understanding of Korean.
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Numerous newspapers and magazines can be found in Korea, ranging from newspapers issued daily to weekly and monthly magazines. You can get newspapers or magazines through a one-year subscription, but you can also buy them at newsstands around bus stops or subway stations as well as 24-hour convenience stores and bookstores. Various media companies (including newspapers and magazines) update news and information through their websites and in print. They also offer English services. Although, readers need to pay for the offline media, anyone can view online information free of charge except for some contents, as long as he/she is connected to the Internet. English language newspapers for foreigners in Korea include the Joongang Daily (1577-0510), Korea Times (02-724-2715) and Korea Herald (02-727-0114).
  • Broadcast stations and radio
  • Korea’s three major broadcast stations include KBS (Korean Broadcasting System),MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) and SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System). Each broadcast station has broadened the scope of broadcasting through territorial broadcasting, radio programming, cable and satellite programming, the Internet and DMB. In particular, the development of Internet homepages has enabled viewers to watch program re-runs. In addition, more programs have included the viewers’ opinions or information on the programs. Arirang TV is an Englishlanguage broadcast station that provides news and information on Korea. All TV and radio programs of the broadcast station are available in English. AFN (AM 1530, FM102.7), TBS eFM (FM 101.3) are 24-hour English language radio stations.