March 29, 2002 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics President Lee Ki-tae Speaks at International Keitai Forum

Samsung Electronics Telecommunication Network Division President Lee Ki-tae spoke on "taking Asia to the world" at the International Keitai Forum, held in Kyoto, Japan March 26-28. President Lee was the only non-Japanese officially invited to speak at the event, which was attended by more than 200 top executives from information and communications companies around the world.

The Samsung Electronics President joined NTT Do Ko Mo Chairman Oboshi Koji to speak at the "Top Conference" session at the Forum. Here, President Lee presented his ideas on 'Korea IT and Mobile Society.' He proposed that Korea and Japan, which will be leaders in the 21st century information society, "form a global IT hub," stressing that cooperation between the two countries would be required to make this happen.

President Lee said, "Korea's success in CDMA was due to a joint effort among the government, service operators and equipment manufacturers." He cited the growth of PC rooms and cyber apartments in Korea as examples of the nation's advance into high-speed communications.

He added, "In the future, information technology will evolve through convergence with related technologies to create ubiquitous networks that can be accessed from anywhere. IT services have passed through the basic stage of basic services and are now entering a second stage of more sophisticated offerings."

President Lee predicted, "By 2010, Korea will be providing 4th-generation mobile services. At the same time, 100Mbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services will be available."

President Lee was received a lot of domestic and international attention lately. He was given the 'Korea Quality Grand Award' last year, in addition to his having received 'CEO of the Year Award' at Production Innovation World Conference, and 'IT Man award of the Year.' He currently serves as President of the newly established Korea Mobile Phone Industry Association and was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Financial Times Telecommunications Conference.

The Kyoto Forum includes a product exhibition, where Samsung Electronics displayed a lineup that included (the cdma2000-1x EV-DO phone with video on demand capability, PDA phone, GPRS phone, cellular phones equipped with high quality color TFT-LCD and/or camera, and phone with 16-polyphonic ring. Exhibition visitors had an opportunity to compare Korean and Japanese products side by side, and better appreciate the excellence of mobile phones produced in Korea.

The Top Conference session took place in the Great Hall at Tenryuji, a famous temple designated a "World Cultural Heritage" in the Kyoto area.

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