Photonics Briefings Series

Korea -- Digital Home Network to be Implemented by 2007
May 18, 2003

On May 12, 2003, the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication announced plans that the home network services will be promoted, and 10 million households, which account for 61 percent of the total domestic households, will have digital home facilities by the year 2007.
The Information Ministry said that it would inject 2 trillion won ($1.7 billion) to develop the digital homes by 2007.

According to the Information Ministry, each household will have a 20Mbps level of optical fiber installed, and electronic appliances will be hooked up to the wired and wireless internet network, so they can be controlled from the outside of the house.
A special consumption tax will be temporarily applied to digital TV in order to pay for the home networking services. The Information Ministry has decided to recommend that internet service providers change their rules to allow customers to have several computers share a single line.

In addition, the Information Ministry, in order to create the digital home market, has decided to promote home network models and promising services which are adequate for existing houses or general apartments by organizing government participation in case driven projects.