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3G network fundamental for next wave of IT technologies, experts say

A wide range of wireless broadband, especially a 3G network, is the fundamental key to the next wave of new technologies designed for greater user experience, according to participants at the “NForum” that brought various experts in the field together.

IT specialists, scientists, business people and young digital users attending the Nforum agreed that fast-paced technological development was making many “dreams” come true, and the explosion of broadband usage would accelerate it even further.

NForum, the monthly forum hosted by The Nation, addressed the topic of “Beyond Speed and Connection World, What’s next?”on Saturday. The participants agreed that the speed of progress and new knowledge are edging towards the vertical line and threatening to outpace science fiction ideas of a few decades ago.

Besides mobile phones, people must watch out for dizzying changes related to auto and TV technologies. Also, the days will come when ever-improving virtual reality transforms how people communicate.

Intel Microelectronics (Thailand) country manager Accharas Ouysinprasert said the fundamental technology is a 3G network that will help lead all new technologies, allowing use of services anywhere anytime, with smart devices including smart phones, ultrabooks, or even a car’s navigator. These services are driven by cloud technologies.

He said that this year is the 30th anniversary of the first personal computer powered by an Intel microprocessor. It was August 1981 when the first IBM PC was launched with an Intel 8088 microprocessor.

“The personal computing industry is stepping into what has been called ‘the extended PC era’. And, Intel has announced a new computing device called the Ultrabook,” said Accharas.

The Ultrabook is an attempt by Intel to create a new market segment that captures the best characteristics of existing desktop, laptop and netbook computers. It is also a result of Intel’s efforts to cope with the rapidly changing behaviour of consumers, and the clear preference for lightweight computing devices that are very slim but are still powerful, and which offer to boot up or shut down in just a few seconds.

“However, all devices will be computing devices. People will experience and benefit from these new technologies when they can use them anywhere anytime as the key driving factor is the wide range wireless network, especially 3G,” said Accharas. He added that having 3G is crucial to preparing the country to compete with its neighbours even though Laos and Vietnam have already rolled out a 3G network.

Internationally acclaimed science fiction author and composer Somtow Sucharitkul said that once a high-quality wireless network had covered the country, the future scenario of virtual communication would become true in Thai society.

“Whether this kind of society scenario is good or bad, I don’t know. But this scenario is coming. For example, we can have dinner together but in different places, together in virtual communication via the screen,” said Somtow.

SIS Distribution (Thailand) managing director Somchai Sittichaisrichart said that in history, when the computing device became smaller than ever, it created a huge number of users. It progressed from server to personal computer, smart phone, and tablet. But the key connected technology was the Internet. “The next big thing in technology is near field communication (NFC) technology, especially in financial business, since it can be used in a mobile phone to turn the phone into an electronic wallet,” said Somchai.

Meanwhile, NokAir chief executive officer Patee Sarasin said that voice recognition and motion detection are the next big technologies to change peoples’ experience interacting with any services.

He added, however, that technologies can be two-edged swords, as there are many people who do not have a chance to experience existing technologies and social networking. The urgent agenda for the country is to give them a chance to enjoy the technologies, even though today they may use them for nonsense matters or non-business purposes.

Somtow agreed that sometimes technology could create problems. TV and the Internet have been seen as a bad thing when children do not use them properly.

However, speakers insisted that all technologies would provide the most use and satisfaction for users when they are driven by a wireless broadband network. So they called for the government to “decentralise” technologies and make widely available use of wireless broadband networks to give people equal chances to benefit from the Internet.

Source: The Nation

ThaiVest Editorial Team

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