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Korea & UK Share Views on Future Mobile Communications
Mapping an evolution path for future mobile communications was the focus of a Symposium held in Seoul this week organised the British Embassy and jointly sponsored by Korea's Next Generation Mobile Communications committee, NGMC, and the UK's Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile & Personal Communications, Mobile VCE. Nearly 400 industry executives, engineers and academics gathered to learn from leading speakers from the UK and Korea and to debate how the convergence trends will impact industry, market and technology over the next decade.
Opened by Sang-Chul Lee, Chairman of NGMC Forum, and by Warwick Morris, British Ambassador to Korea, the ¡®Future Mobile Evolution' Symposium on 15th June addressed a range of topics ? the status of the mobile industry today, network evolution in an IP world, new and emerging wireless technologies, security in mobile systems, content, services & applications and spectrum availability.
The UK team, visiting Korea for a week of meetings with Korean operators, manufacturers and government, includes executives from manufacturers, operators, the UK regulator and a leading research university - BT, Fujitsu, Lucent, Siemens Roke Manor, Orange, Ofcom and Surrey University. The growing involvement of Korean companies as members of Mobile VCE ? LG Electronics, Samsung and SK Telecom ? was the stimulus for this technology mission which is sponsored by the UK Government's GlobalWatch programme.
"Recent changes in the industry mean that future mobile evolution will be significantly different from the past" said Dr Walter Tuttlebee, Executive Director of Mobile VCE. The Symposium and visits this week have enabled both countries to explore the similarities and differences of thinking on such issues and to explore how Korea and the UK can work more closely together to learn from each other and to develop key technologies to enable an ¡®industry-efficient' evolution. Both sides identified the importance of rich content, services and applications as a driver of future evolution. The Korean emphasis on moving to a heterogeneous infrastructure to enable this is mirrored strongly by Mobile VCE's ongoing research programme into the secure interworking of networks. Personal distributed environments, another important focus being pioneered in the UK is seen as an important new stimulus for operator revenues. A key difference in approach that emerged from the symposium is the approach to regulation. The UK's new regulator, Ofcom, is adopting a ¡®light touch' approach, and intends to allow mobile operators to trade spectrum amongst themselves beginning around 2007. The Korean regulation is to meet the ITU-R WP8F by 2007 and is under establishment of national standards.