Wireless technologies to allow workers to stay at home

Korea is looking to exploit its advancement in digital equipment and wireless technology to create a networked work environment that allows people to conduct tasks from anywhere, anytime and through any device.

The “smart work” initiative, announced by the government Tuesday, aims to have around 30 percent of public employees work from home or nearby “smart-work” centers by 2015 with smartphones, laptops and other mobile Internet devices, which is hoped to boost productivity and minimize carbon emissions.

The country is on the cusp of a mobile Internet explosion, with smartphones such as the Apple iPhone going mass market and telecommunications operators competing to expand coverage for Wi-Fi and more advanced portable broadband technologies like WiBro, the local variant of mobile WiMAX.

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