According to the Korea Times, South Korea still remains the world leader in high speed Internet penetration:
In accordance with the high internet penetration, South Korea is known to have one of the highest rates of online piracy with respect to digital media such as movies, music, and digital books. Clearly the actions taken by the Korean government have not been very useful as online piracy is continually growing. How will South Korea be able to control online piracy in the future?
Korea became an Internet powerhouse in the late 1990s thanks to its fast investment in the asymmetric digital subscriber lines (ADSL), which pump data at an average speed of 2.5 megabits per second, about 50 times faster than conventional dial-up modems. Korea crossed the 20-subscribers-per-100-residents threshold as early as in the third quarter of 2002 at 20.6 and has remained over the coveted mark during the following nine quarters. Currently, approximately 12 million of the country’s 16 million households are hooked up to the high-speed Internet and more than half of them are subscribed to ADSL.