Dacom, South Korea's second-largest fixed-line telephone operator, has struck a deal with the country's only digital satellite broadcaster, Skylife, to launch a combined package of digital satellite TV with high-speed internet access and IP telephony. The aim is to lure customers away from powerful telecommunications rivals such as state-run Korea Telecom and Hanaro.
Skylife offers more than 160 niche channels, covering, education, children, sports, news and music in high definition with CD-quality sound CD. The company claims a leading role in the convergence of South Korea's broadcasting and communication services through interactivity.
Broadcasting from its Mok-dong playout centre, with a back-up uplink at Yongin, the company says its lead has made Korea was the third country in the world to adopt high-definition after Japan and the US. The new service, which comes on stream in October, will offer a 23% saving on the cost of Dacom's broadband internet and internet telephony services.
Dacom's affiliate DSM led an unsuccessful bid by Korea Satellite Broadcasting for the country's first digital satellite broadcasting license, which went to the Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting (KDB) consortium, led by state-run Korea Telecom, in 2001. At the time it was suggested that Dacom might collaborate with KT, but times have moved on.
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