Korea is planning on building up the country’s Internet infrastructure to sustain a 1Gbps broadband speed by 2012. This achievement would increase the current country’s speed by 10 times what it is now. The country currently provides one of the fastest Internet speeds available around the globe.
Currently, the average consumer in Korea can subscribe to broadband speeds as high as 100Mbps. This is a great deal faster than the average 5Mbps provided in the US. Comcast has indicated that 100Mbps service should be available in the US by 2010.
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) also has plans to increase wireless broadband speeds to 10Mbps. This comes as no surprise considering the popularity of streaming IPTV to mobile phones. Two of the largest cell phone manufactures in the world, Samsung and LG have indicated in the past that true Hi-Def capable cell phones are on the horizon.
The KCC also has has plans to reallocate existing spectrums to increase the market penetration. The KCC has indicated that the commission will focus on boosting and building up the country’s infrastructure. The plan will cost $24.6 billion and create 120,000 new jobs in the country.
Here in the US, it seemed like the FCC was making some headway with the free broadband Internet plan in the US. However, the plan looks to be stalled after the meeting to vote was postponed. Fiber optics is another promising service that is quickly spreading across the country.
The US has several challenges that it needs to overcome. The sheer size of the country makes it challenging to improve upon the infrastructure. There is a great deal of bureaucracy involved with large corporations impeding each other. Due to the scale of the endeavor, cost would also be massive. Hopefully things will improve once the economy stabilizes in the coming years.