South Korea aims for 10 million digital homes by 2007

The South Korean government wants two-thirds of all households in the country to be on digital networks within the next four...

The South Korean government wants two-thirds of all households in the country to be on digital networks within the next four years.

The ministry envisages digital homes where information appliances, home appliances and internet-connected devices are centrally controlled within the home and from outside the home via PDAs.

The most recent national census, which was conducted in 2000, counted 14.3 million households in the country.

The ministry said it would invest 2 trillion won ($1.7bn) with the private sector towards the plan but did not specify the breakdown of investment between the two sides.

South Korea already has one of the world's most advanced IT network infrastructures.

The country had 10.8 million broadband Internet connections at the end of March, according to ministry figures, and third-generation mobile phone services offering connections of more than 1Mbps have been commercially available since 2002.

The government is now working towards a national network of wireless Lan hot spots.

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