TECH TALK: South Korea’s IT839: The Plan

South Koreas IT839 strategy comprises 8 services, 3 infrastructures and 9 new growth engines. Under the value chain, the introduction of 8 new services will prompt investment into the building of 3 essential networks. And these networks will pave the way for the 9 new sectors to grow fast, creating synergic effects.

8 Services

1. Wi-Bro Service: The Wireless Broadband Service is a portable Internet service that provides a high-speed wireless Internet connection anytime anywhere, whether you are on the move or at a standstill.

2. DMB Service: The Digital Multimedia Broadcasting service is a mobile multimedia broadcasting service that provides quality audio and video services over handheld devices or in a vehicle.

3. Home Network Service: The home network service refers to a series of future services including consumer electronics control, interactive D-TV, VOD, health care and e-learning that will be provided at home.

4. Telematics Service: Telematics is an in-vehicle multimedia service that offers infortainment as well as information for traffic and emergency rescue operations via location-based, mobile communications networks.

5. RFID based Service: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a sensor technology that identifies information on the product with an RFID tag and gathers information on its surrounding environments.

6. W-CDMA Service: The W-CDMA service is an IMT-2000 service that provides voice, video and high-speed data service in the 2GHz band.

7. Terrestrial Digital TV: The terrestrial digital TV service is a high- quality, multi-functional broadcasting service that provides CD-level audio and definition five to six times higher than analog broadcasting.

8. Internet Telephony (VoIP): The high broadband penetration and improvement in the quality of service on the Internet created VoIP that offers inexpensive phone services.

3 Infrastructures

1. Broadband Convergence Network (BcN): BcN is a next generation network through which multimedia services that integrate telecommunications, broadcasting and the Internet are delivered.

2. Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN): The USN recognizes and manages information by connecting RFID tags and u-sensors to the Broadband Convergence Network.

3. Next-Generation Internet Protocol (IPv6): The expected depletion of the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address from 2006 requires a fundamental solution.

New Growth Engines

1. Next-Generation Mobile Communications Devices: Next-generation mobile ommunications is a technology that enables users to have a fast and clear access to multimedia information, while on the move or at a standstill, via mobile and satellite communication networks.

2. Digital TV / Broadcasting Devices: The digital broadcasting service will not only provide high-definition but also intelligent, personalized, realistic and paid services in addition to those converged with telecommunications Bi-directional Digital Multimedia Broadcasting data service technologies are expected to be developed in 2005, tailored information DTV terminals in 2006 and giga-level cable transmission/reception systems in 2007.

3. Home Network Devices: Home network devices and software, which consist of home gateways, information home appliances and networking, are basic technologies for consumer service A telecom-broadcasting convergent home server is expected to be developed in 2005 and a telecom-broadcasting-game convergent home server in 2007.

4. IT System-on-Chip (SoC): IT SoC refers to a non-memory integrated circuit which is not only a growth engine itself for the next-generation but also a key that determines the success of IT products.

5. Next-Generation PC: A next-generation PC refers to a key information device that takes the form of cloth, accessories and others and has information processing and networking power. The next-generation PC that integrates sensors and human interface technologies will provide human-centered services with convenience and excellent portability. Prototypes for a wearable PC will be developed in 2005, technology standards established in 2006 and a wearable computer commercialized in 2007.

6. Embedded SW: Embedded SW is software built in information appliances, vehicles, robots, industrial equipment, medical equipment, SoC and so on. Embedded SW provides smart functions such as the HW control, communications, multimedia, Internet and artificial intelligence services. The digital content and SW solution industry will develop real image digital actors for supporting roles in 2005.

7. Digital Contents and Software Solutions: The advent of a digital era increased the importance of digitalized content on culture, education, medicare and other areas of our daily lives Core technologies such as 3D computer graphics, multi-platform geared online game engines and multi-platform e-learning solutions will be developed.

8. Telematics Devices: The telematics industry will develop core technologies that support various in-vehicle multimedia services such as information for traffic and emergency rescue operations, remote auto inspection and the Internet via location-based, mobile communications networks. The telematics industry will develop services that satisfy the demand of those who want to lead an enriching in-vehicle life.

9. Intelligent Service Robot: An IT-based intelligent service robot refers to a Ubiquitous Robotic Companion (URC) that provides necessary services anytime anywhere. Consumers will be able to enjoy various services of the robot at lower costs since the URC will operate by simply adding network functions to the existing robots.

Tomorrow: The Impact

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.