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South Korea plans building of 10 million digital homes
Houses to be finished by 2007

Seoul (pte034/14.05.2003/14:01) - The Ministry of Information and Communication have ambitious plans. The planned 10 million houses are designed to bolster the growth of the high-tech industry, reports the Korea Herald

The government and the private sector would join to invest 2 trillion won (almost 2m euros) into the project, said the ministry.

Korea has more than 32 million mobile phone users and 10 million high-speed Internet subscribers. The Information Ministry is now trying to nurture new next-generation high-tech products and services to extend the country's edge in the coming years.

On Wednesday a public forum for the digital home plan will be held and a variety of digital home technologies such as remote control and interactive TV will be displayed for participants.

The ministry is also planning to streamline the standardisation process for related technologies, a move that it hopes will jumpstart next-generation network technologies such as ultra wide band and personal robots.

The Information Ministry said the world's digital home industry would grow to 73.5 billion pounds by 2007.

The home networking service is aimed at connecting different information gadgets, home appliance products and other Internet-based applications.

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