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2nd UK/Korea Future Mobile Evolution Forum
7 September 2005
The DTI's GlobalWatch Service hosted a high-level industry bilateral event 7th September 2005, bringing together leading Korean and UK companies from the telecommunications and broadcasting industries, reflecting the service convergence being pioneered in both countries.
The event was organised by the UK's Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile & Personal Communications and the Korean Ministry of Information & Communications, with speakers including Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Innovation & Science, Minister DaeJe Chin, Minister for Information & Communications, and Lord Currie, Chairman of Ofcom. Senior executives from UK and Korean companies attended the event, made presentations and forged important new linkages.
The 2nd U.K.- Korea Future Mobile Evolution Forum has built on the existing exchange of experience, collaboration and partnership between the U.K. and Korea, capitalising on both countries' history of pioneering innovation in wireless and broadcasting technologies. It follows the first such event, hosted in Seoul, June 2004, and the subsequent UK-Korea High Technology Industry Forum held in London, December 2004, on the occasion of the State Visit of President Roh to the UK.
"The UK has world class telecom operators and broadcasters, whilst Korea has similar strengths in manufacturing", said Walter Tuttlebee, Director of Mobile VCE and UK Chair of the Forum. "This natural synergy, together with the UK's acknowledged strengths in research and innovation, has contributed to the deepening industry relationship between the two countries".
Focus of the Forum
The forum comprised three parts, open sessions on Fixed Mobile Convergence and on Personal Broadcasting, followed by a closed session to develop plans for Comparative Technology Trials for Personal Broadcasting in the UK.
Lord Sainsbury said that in focussing on personal broadcasting and fixed mobile convergence, the Forum will help to bring together the world's two foremost consumer technologies - television and mobile telephony - in new ways that will be appealing to the consumer and enable our broadcasting and telecommunications industries to prosper in the digital age.
Achievements of the Forum
Key achievements of the forum included:
? Leading Industry and Government decision makers were familiarised with the latest status of key convergence technologies and initiatives in both countries and their future potential.
? Links between Korean industry and the UK's R&D base were reinforced and areas for new collaborative R&D identified. Several Korean telecom companies are already industrial members of the UK's Mobile VCE, thereby benefiting from access to some of the UK's leading research.
? Important new personal contacts were forged between senior industrialists from the two countries, which will form the basis of ongoing commercial discussions
? A strengthening of industry commitment that is likely to accelerate the deployment of personal broadcasting services in the UK
Specifically, comparative technology trials for personal broadcasting services, involving one or more UK radio & TV broadcasters, together with various Korean manufacturers as handset suppliers, will commence in the coming months.
Ongoing dialogue between UK and Korean broadcasters, mobile operators and manufacturers, as well as regulators and other participants, will help clarify questions over what content and services will work, appropriate business models (e.g. subscription or advertising supported) as well as standards and spectrum. Such international and cross-sector collaboration is seen by both countries as key to accelerating the success of these new services.
Other Related Achievements
During the week, separate from the Forum, several other specific collaborations were formalised including:
? An Agreement between the Bristol-based company picoChip and ETRI, Korea's leading telecommunications research institute, which will see a team from ETRI based in the UK for the coming year
? An Agreement between Cambridge University and ETRI that will see an inward investment of some ¡Ì180m over the coming years.