Korean successes in Mobile Government
iPark London,
International Collaboration Group KIPA,
Ministry of Information and Communication- Korea

Since the early 1960s, South Korea has achieved an incredible record of growth and integration into the high-tech modern world economy. In particular in fixed and wireless Telecommunications initiatives. Broadband and Mobile are key strengths and platforms of world-class mass market success. (More than 30 million of Korea's 34 million mobile-phone users are registered for 3G services. As of June 2004, about 30.5 million mobile-phone users have subscribed to Korea's 3G standard). This abstract aims to open the doors to future collaboration and intelligence sharing by highlighting relevant studies and ongoing projects in M Government, which are of international interest. Real projects and references in the Mobile Government field will be included along with Government and Commercial roadmap initiatives and projects that are stimulating Mobile progress in this area.

As seen below: The Platform for M Government is central to the Korean Advancement of E Government

The Korean Government agencies have drawn up a road map and implementation strategy for mobile government that can provide administrative services to the people at any time and any place over various mobile terminals such as mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and notebook PCs.

According to the m-government road map and strategy, agencies will be upgrading the integrated fixed-line and wireless infrastructure and developing user-oriented mobile administrative services over the next two years. To ensure safety and reliability of the m-government service, the agency is providing the service via commercial fixed-line and wireless networks as well as separate mobile gateways dedicated to the service. In conjunction with the e-Government Specialists Council, the agency will develop comprehensive architecture and frameworks for applications and data processes needed for installing m-government systems. It will also conduct a survey on demands of the people.
The presentation at FITCOM 2004 also builds on some of the work from the December 2003 Symposium on Digital Mobility and Mobile Government from Seoul, Korea hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communication.

A summary of discussions and statements from International experts at the symposium include:

‘How mobile government reduces inequality and encourages public participation in government administration’
‘The success of a mobile government requires leadership of the government’.
‘m-Government would increase transparency in the administration and people's participation in the government’.
‘in a society where mobile services are popular like Korea, an e-government project would inevitably develop into an m-government project. Security concerns must be addressed for the success of e-government and m-government projects’

The presenter Jim O’Reilly has lived and worked in Korea and has been involved with Korean IT companies and organizations for more than five years and will also present some of the mass market M Government related stories form a government, street and commercial perspective.

During the recent Korean Presidential campaign, Mobile SMS text messaging was used extensively and effectively during campaigning to over 800,000 supporters and was instrumental in engaging potential voters. 

SK Telecom, Korea's leading mobile carrier, has already demonstrated m-government service including the parking management, street light control and wireless inquiry by police using PDA’s. There are also a number of Government CCTV initiatives for Highway and Traffic monitoring via mobiles for Government and citizens.

Mobile Applications for citizen passport and identification administration requests is also being implemented.
The seminar highlights these initiatives and more in more detail.


December 2003, Symposium on Digital Mobility and Mobile Government from Seoul, Korea hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communication.
‘M-Government Applications in Korea: Cases and Lessons’, Sang-Young Shin, Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Urban Information System of the Seoul Development Institute
‘M-Government, the Extended mobility of e-Government’ Yoon-Shik Lee, professor of the Public Administration Department at Soongsil University.
‘m-Government Initiatives for Korean e-Government’ Bo Yeoul Hwang, a. professor KAIST.
‘M-Government Applications and Services’ by Yong-duck Jung, a. professor at Graduate School of Public Administration of Seoul National University.

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