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Foreign apps dominate local market: report
제목 없음 Foreign apps provided by Apple and Google dominate the local software market, dwarfing programs provided by South Korean mobile service providers, a government report said Wednesday.

   The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) report, submitted to Rep. Ahn Kyung-yul of the ruling Grand National Party ahead of this year's parliamentary audit, said there are currently over 1 million apps that can be accessed in the country.

   Of the total, apps provided by Apple and Google total 430,445 and 419,886, respectively, or 84.7 percent of all products available in the market, it said.

   The numbers are five times larger than the 150,445 apps provided by South Korea's three mobile service providers -- SK Telecom, KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corporation, the report said.

   SK Telecom, South Korea's largest wireless communications company has just 110,000 apps in its T-store, while KT and LG Uplus offer smaller numbers, it said.

   Apple and Google as well as local service providers pocket 30 percent of the proceeds as commission when their apps are sold, the commission said.

   The exact amounts of income from the app sales cannot be determined, but the total is likely to be considerable, it said.

   The state regulatory commission, meanwhile, said in a separate report submitted to parliament that South Korea ranked sixth in terms of spam mails sent out on the internet in 2010.

   Of all spam mails detected worldwide, 3.8 percent originated from South Korea, it said, adding that the United States was the largest producer of junk mail, followed by India, Brazil, Britain and France.

   South Korea was the second largest producer of spam in 2007, but its ranking fell to fifth place in 2009 as people became more aware of problems created by the unwanted messages and advertisements.

Source: Yonhap News (Sept. 22, 2011)

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