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S. Korea Names 10 ICT Focus Areas
Source: koreaherald.com
Source Date: Sunday, May 09, 2010
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: May 10, 2010

The Korea Communications Commission said the 10 service fields of concentration are: mobile convergence service, advanced T-DMB, or digital multimedia broadcasting for terrestrial, 4G broadcasting, machine-to-machine communication, future-oriented Internet services and the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research. “SMART” screens and Next-Wave services and comprehensive protection and green ICT services are also among them.

The government projects the nurturing of such services to form a market worth 9 trillion won ($7.78 billion) by 2014, which is expected to create 38,000 new jobs.

To realize the goal, the commission plans to invest 360 billion won per year and establish an open research center which will be jointly run by businesses, universities and research facilities.

The mobile convergence service will enable users to have access to speedy Internet through the building of a mobile convergence network -- combining WiFi, wireless personal area networks and mobile networks -- by 2012.

The T-DMB will fuse the functions of DMB and wireless broadband and the 4G broadcast will provide ultra high definition and enhanced sound for 3-D televisions.

M2M technology, which permits both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same ability, will be put in place nationwide by 2015. The new Giga Internet, offering high speed and reliable connectivity, will also be provided beginning in 2013.

A magnetic fusion device called K-Star will feature UHDTV satellite broadcast service in 2018.

A converged media service, such as “SMART” screen, will be available in 2014 using cloud computing and open media market, and a comprehensive security service will be prepared beginning in 2012 for information protection. “SMART” screen stands for semantic, mobile, awareness, reactive and trinity screen.

The government also looks to draft ways to curb energy use by implementing green ICT and utilizing radio waves for illness treatment as part of its Next-Wave service.

The state regulator will also introduce a mid- and long-term evaluation system, which publicizes the results, to construct a stable research environment and actively promote innovative thinking in research.

Joint international studies will be conducted to strengthen the ties with other nations and increased support will be provided for small and medium-sized firms in the area of media and telecommunications.

The KCC’s plans were devised in recognition of the need to give increased state support for the advancement of software over hardware.

The country has been ahead of the game in the hardware industry, ranking first in market share involving displays and second both in semiconductor and mobile phones, according to recent data provided by the KCC.

However, it fell far short in making investments in the software industry, merely taking a 1.8 percent of share in the global market, it said.

The KCC added that Indonesia and the U.S. scored 4.3 and 3.06, respectively, in software development capacity index, while China was a bit behind with 2.97 and Korea with 2.94.
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