저작권자 © Korea IT Times 무단전재 및 재배포 금지
Half of Korean households to have digital TV sets by 2007 About half of Korean households will have digital television sets by 2007, an electronic industry organization forecasts. The forecast was based on a survey of "Digital TV Demand" the Electronic Industries Association of Korea conducted for 718 householders, aged 20-40, who live in Seoul and its vicinities and other large cities within the reach of digital broadcasting service. The association said the current digital TV diffusion rate in the areas surveyed stood at 15.0 percent and that 57.5 percent of the households with no digital TV expressed intention to buy one. Of the non-holders, 71.2 percent replied they would buy digital TV by 2007, which leads the association to forecast that 48.9 percent of the Korean households may have access to the new form of TV by then. By display type, the prospective buyers showed a keen interest in projection TV (34.3 percent) and LCD TV (28.2 percent). Forty-inch sets were their most favorite size. With regard to Braun Tube digital TV in the downscale price range, 30-inch sets were most preferred. Korea's terrestrial DMB: Adoption as a European standard The Ministry of Information and Communication reported on Dec. 18 that the World Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) Forum decided to propose Korea's terrestrial DMB (digital multimedia broadcasting) technology as a European standard to the European Telecommunication Standard Institute (ESTI) early next year. The decision was made at the technology committee of the international non-governmental organization for Europe's DAB radio services held in Dec. 3 in Germany. The ministry said that since most of the World DAB Forum's standard proposals to ETSI have been approved in the past, the possibility for the Korean standard to be adopted as a European standard is higher than ever. If realized, it would be the first time that Korean broadcasting technology is adopted as an international standard, which would also upgrade the international status of Korean broadcasting technology. The terrestrial DMB technology is an improved version of the existing radio-based Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) technology that allows people to enjoy seamless video, CD-quality audio and data over portable devices while driving at a speed of 150 km/h. The ministry said that the adoption of the Korean terrestrial DMB technology as a European standard would enable Korea to secure core technologies of next-generation digital broadcasting, which will help Korea to take up a favorable position in preempting the market. Korea's broadband Internet access rate: Top among OECD members Korea's broadband Internet access rate has topped the list of OECD members for the fourth consecutive year and that the IT sector's contribution to the Korean economy proved to be the highest among the members of the economic body. Citing IT Outlook 2004 compiled by the OECD's Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said on December 15 that Korea's broadband access rate at the end of last year was 24.08 per 100 persons, ahead of runner-up Canada's 15, and added that Korea has maintained the top ranking since 2000. Quoting the same data, the ministry also said that Korea ranked first in the ratio the IT manufacturing industry takes in the trade balance, the ratio IT shipments had in the country's total exports and in the level of IT manufacturing industry's contribution to total labor productivity. In terms of IT economic concentration levels, or the IT market share in the nation's GDP, Korea was third after the Czech Republic and New Zealand, according to data. Financial support for the purpose of commercialization of technology to be increased The Korean government will increase financial support to firms to help them expedite commercialization of technology next year by transforming the Korea Technology Transfer Center (KTTC) into a technology commercialization support center. Science and economic ministers finalized the KTTC reform plan aimed at promoting commercialization of homegrown technologies at their meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Science-Technology Minister Oh Myung at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul. Under the plan, the KTTC's role as a technology transfer and brokerage center will be reduced, while its venture capital function and financial support for technology commercialization will be strengthened. Oh said that the government devised the reform plan to facilitate commercialization of lucrative technologies. Economic and science ministers also agreed to jointly seek ways to facilitate provision of necessary funds to the magnetic levitation train commercialization project. In addition, the government will form individual committees, which will conduct feasibility studies on ways of commercializing specific technologies for major national technology development projects, such as system-integrated Modular Advanced Reactor Technology (SMART) and positron emission tomography. SMART is a 330-megawatt pressurized water reactor with integral steam generators and advanced safety features developed by the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI).