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Korea Ranks 4th in Smartphone Penetration Rate
  • By Cho Jin-young
  • July 8, 2015, 06:15
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Using a smartphone on the subway is only natural for Korean citizens.
Using a smartphone on the subway is only natural for Korean citizens.

 

Korea’s smartphone penetration rate has been ranked fourth in the world.

Citing data from TNS Infratest and Google, KT’s research arm Digieco unveiled on July 8 that Korea’s smartphone penetration rate reached 83 percent as of the end of March, putting the nation into the 4th place in the world.

Of the 56 countries surveyed, the average smartphone penetration rate was around 60 percent. The United Arab Emirates topped the list with 90.8 percent, followed by Singapore with 87.7 percent, Saudi Arabia with 86.1 percent, Sweden with 82.8 percent, Spain with 79.6 percent, and Hong Kong with 78.9 percent.

South Korea, however, gained 3.5 percentage points in the growth rate of penetration year-on-year, while the emerging economies show an increasing trend in terms of growth.

Thailand, with a 63.7 percent penetration rate, topped the list with a 23.7 percentage point gain in growth, reaching 63.7 percent. Other emerging economies, such as Brazil, Malaysia, and Vietnam, also showed a sharp growth of between 15 and 20 percentage points. India posted 33.1 percent growth by gaining 11.0 percentage points.

On the contrary, the growth rates of Korea, Singapore, China, and the United Kingdom showed slower than five percent.