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xmojo1
16-09-2004, 12:11 PM
Informative article in the Sydney Morning Herald about the uptake and state of broadband in South Korea:

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/13/1094927496310.html

The statement that stood out for me is: "The Government's Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) expects that 70 per cent of internet connections will exceed 20 Mbps by the end of 2006, and that most will be at 100 Mbps by the end of the decade."

Read it and weep.

Chilling_Silence
16-09-2004, 12:19 PM
And here am I - Asking for flat-rate 256kbps ADSL.... 512 with a 50GB cap perhaps?

Is it too much to ask that these services come to the average home user at a reasonable price?!

drb1
16-09-2004, 12:27 PM
Chill,

Korea.

I do not honestly think you would want to live there, full time.

Especially as it seems to be the dumping ground for New Zealand teachers caught using school computers for very dubious juvenile photographs.

Chilling_Silence
16-09-2004, 12:33 PM
Nah - Stuff living there... I just want their bandwidth :D

Steve_L
16-09-2004, 12:34 PM
> very dubious juvenile photographs.

Reminds me of a news item I heard recently, tho not about Korea:

8 out of 10 hackers are from Brazil, and 2/3's of all paedophile internet porn originates in Brazil. Seems hard to believe but evidently the laws in Brazil are very slack or nonexistent.

MartynC
16-09-2004, 12:56 PM
> Chill,
>
> Korea.
>
> I do not honestly think you would want to live there,
> full time.
>

Why not? When (not if??) the North invades there will be very pretty light shows to watch!!. Maybe the real reason the North would invade is toget this great broadband?? :D

xmojo1
16-09-2004, 01:06 PM
I think the real message that can be gleaned from the article is that either the South Korea government is very enlightened to the benefits of fast broadband for the masses/business/economy or that competition amongst the telecos there are fueling the drive for delivering fast broadband to a hungry populace. New Zealand has neither: the government here appears reluctant to push for fast broadband and competition in the broadband market is small to almost non-existent, our small population base not withstanding.

drb1
16-09-2004, 01:15 PM
> > very dubious juvenile photographs.
>
> Reminds me of a news item I heard recently, tho not
> about Korea:
>
> 8 out of 10 hackers are from Brazil, and 2/3's of all
> paedophile internet porn originates in Brazil. Seems
> hard to believe but evidently the laws in Brazil are
> very slack or nonexistent.

Its also where the majority of "Snuff" movies were/are made.

Its a massive country with uncontrollable population explosion. That keeps on going bankrupt and cutting down the rain forest for Macdonalds. The laws are there but.

If the state keeps going bankrupt, how do you afford to police people, in non violent, international offending?

bk T
16-09-2004, 05:42 PM
As far as Broadband Internet is concerned, I think we are one of the most expensive countries in the developed world including some of the 'not so' developed places in Asia such as China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hongkong, and Singapore.

No competition is probably the main reason.

MrBeef
16-09-2004, 06:49 PM
*shakes fist at telecom* aaaarr!!

iloveny69
16-09-2004, 07:26 PM
HAHAHA

you people think korea is a 'not so developed country'hahahahahaha
and whats new zealand??? developed??? LOL -_-;;

you people here are so far off from anything that goes around,
go grab any person in their right minds in any of the 'developed' northern hemisphere countries and ask them whoes better korea or new zealand??? a country australia wouldnt even let co host the RUGBY world cup

iloveny69
16-09-2004, 07:32 PM
you might as well go add Japan to your list and get everything else wrong

barmypom
16-09-2004, 09:18 PM
Well I don't know what to make of it all. They have sh*t hot broadband in Sweden too - and that has a similar sort of geography and population to New Zealand.

Personally I'm a bit disappointed with some of the Wireless offers I've seen floating around. They only seem to just match or slightly better telecoms adsl in the areas they are available. And also to see that the basic adsl package is still only stuck on 128 (and only moving up to 256 next month!). And to put a knife in it all, we have to endure pathetic data caps.

It can't all be Telecom's fault. Tho I don't like them, I don't entirely blame them. I blame the IT illerate politicians who have obviously been taking a few backhanders from Ms Gattung to make sure Telecom's shareholders are kept happy.

barmypom
16-09-2004, 09:23 PM
Anyway...I doubt the South Koreans get out much.
We have alot of things in this country that money can't buy and that you can't find anywhere else in the World. If it means waiting a few years before we get decent broadband then I suppose it's a small sacrifice to make.

Murray P
16-09-2004, 09:33 PM
> HAHAHA
>
> you people think korea is a 'not so developed
> country'hahahahahaha

Maybe I should re-read again but where does "you people" come in. You make sweeping generalisations about sweeping generalisations. The only countries I saw in the developing list that probably should not be there are Singapore and Taiwan

> and whats new zealand??? developed??? LOL

Yes, and that is the problem. For a country with a reputation for early adoption and fast uptake of new technologies we're lagging way behind in the broadband stakes. As mentioned above, size and topography have very little to do with it when you consider similar economies including individual states in America (our infrastructure is largely there already anyway).

Put some facts in with your innuendo and jibes.

Cheers Murray P

Raymondo
16-09-2004, 10:14 PM
> Put some facts in with your innuendo and jibes.

Nice one Murray

Young Tom
17-09-2004, 05:33 PM
>Anyway...I doubt the South Koreans get out much.
>We have alot of things in this country that money can't buy and that >you can't find anywhere else in the World .

Yes but will it work on a computer?

Do stay on the point.
The government on advice, bactracked on there promise to unbundle,we will never know why!!

barmypom
17-09-2004, 08:25 PM
> >Anyway...I doubt the South Koreans get out much.
> >We have alot of things in this country that money
> can't buy and that >you can't find anywhere else in
> the World .
>
> Yes but will it work on a computer?
>
> Do stay on the point.
> The government on advice, bactracked on there promise
> to unbundle,we will never know why!!


I did stay on the point. The point is there is clearly not alot we can do about it apart from lobbying so don't let it be the be all and end all of life.
As previous posts pointed out...if it really matters that much then go and live in Korea.
We all know it is in New Zealand's interest to have better broadband and to keep up with the rest of the world. Don't think that the politicians don't know that either. At the end of the day it all comes down to money...and someone sure is making a hell of alot of it at our expense.