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    development About 80 000 people work in its high tech industry many of them graduates of one of Bangalore s more than 100 research universities or technical colleges Hundreds of international companies including IBM Intel Microsoft Oracle Sun Microsystems and American Express have set up software development centers or contracted with local firms in order to take advantage of Bangalore s supply of highly trained English speaking computer graduates Because of the vast gap in per capita income between the West and India salaries are high by Indian standards but are only a fraction of those commanded by programmers in the US or Europe Just as important is the 24 hour working day that is created by satellite and fiber broadband circuits linking India and the US on opposite sides of the globe with software engineers trading projects back and forth as their working days begin and end Garden City Since the mid 1990s the result has been the creation of a fast growing and affluent community of professionals in what locals call India s Garden City The achievement is particularly impressive when considered in context India is a vast nation of one billion with per capita gross domestic product

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    its citizens and local businesses Ichikawa Business Plaza The most visible sign of change in Ichikawa came in 2002 when a group of institutions led by the city s government opened Ichikawa Business Plaza This was the community s first experiment with business incubation The building provided broadband enabled office space for small office home office SOHO companies and larger enterprises as well as public space offering PCs and a regional data center for the use of surrounding communities nonprofit organizations and residents associations Managed by the Ichikawa Life Network Club the Plaza currently has 29 companies as tenants and offers them advice on finance law and business issues through a network of advisors from universities the Chamber of Commerce and business owners in the region The Business Plaza became the core of an expanding series of programs designed to create a culture of use for broadband and information technology The Plaza developers timing was good because Japan was just beginning serious and widespread adoption of broadband that would put the nation into third place worldwide behind South Korea and Canada This created demand among citizens for the offerings emerging from both the public and private sectors Broadband and its Applications Shortly after deregulation in the 1980s the city and local companies established the Ichikawa Cable Network Company to provide TV service With broadband demand growing in the late 1990s the cable TV company introduced a broadband service via cable modem in 2000 at lower prices than the incumbent NTT By 2005 broadband subscribers on the cable network had grown fivefold to reach 9 000 Total broadband penetration in the city now exceeds 46 compared with a national average of 39 The Chiba University of Commerce CUC located in Ichikawa has a Faculty of Policy Informatics which focuses on the use of IT in solving social problems CUC has partnered with the government to create distance education programs over the Internet The city was also chosen by Japan s Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology for a model project to develop a new system connecting public and school libraries to open up research resources to citizens An e government project called 360 5 has made many government services accessible online and installed Internet access kiosks at public locations as well as 600 convenience stores In 2001 the city started training classes for residents and citizen groups in information and communications technology and by 2005 had provided training to 30 000 people Public safety has been a hot topic for citizens and in 2005 the city began installing video cameras in public locations and launched an online Ichikawa Safety e Net program in cooperation with neighborhood associations The e Net allows citizens to report crimes and concerns through mobile phones and PCs and distributes weather and disaster information Media City Ichikawa One of the city s latest projects is Media City Ichikawa Visited by 100 000 people each month this facility aims to create a culture of use for

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    developed a social and political culture that prized technology and considered R D of high importance Digital Revolution This culture stood Mitaka in good stead as the digital revolution began re making the economy of Japan and of the world In 1984 Mitaka became the first city in Japan to host a field test of fiber to the home networking In 1988 it served as a test bed for Japan s first ISDN service and in 1996 Musashin Mitaka Cable Television became the first ISP in Japan to offer broadband at 10 Mbps Today Japan is a world leader in both broadband deployment third in the world after South Korea and Canada and broadband pricing with some of the world s lowest subscription costs Even more important was a tradition of strong citizen participation because it equipped Mitaka to respond flexibly and energetically to the challenges of a global economy The current mayor Keiko Kiyohara came to her office after decades as a technology educator and leader of citizen groups As the city has created development strategies citizens have collaborated in planning from transportation and public services to land use and communications In the late Nineties Mitaka launched a SOHO City Mitaka program to promote further development of the small office home office businesses that were an important part of its economy An organization called the Mitaka Town Management Organization MTMO was founded to create a SOHO incubator Its seven facilities today are home to 100 technology businesses MTMO also provides business matching programs and venture investment and other financial services to encourage business start up and growth In 2003 Mitaka launched a new public private project called Mitaka City of Tomorrow with a core team of 83 citizens and representatives from business universities and government The project is now

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    by Commodore Matthew Perry first landed in Japan and forced an end to hundreds of years of self imposed isolation from the rest of the world During Japan s amazing industrial transformation this city of 430 000 located 50 kilometers from Tokyo became a center for steel shipbuilding automobiles and other heavy industries as well as a Japanese navy base In 1972 Yokosuka reached a turning point with the establishment of a new Nippon Telephone Telegraph R D center in the city First class researchers were dispatched from major Japanese telecom equipment manufacturers to the new center in order to work on advanced telecom technology The success in attracting NTT caused the city government to investigate the concept of basing future economic development on info communications a term coined by the Japanese to describe the merging of information and telecommunications technologies The city published its Yokosuka Intelligent City Plan in 1986 subsequently gained the support of the powerful Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and in 1998 announced the creation of the Yokosuka Research Park YRP Yokosuka Research Park Like Stanford University Park in Silicon Valley or Sophia Antipolis in France the concept of YRP was to create an international research development base for the world s most advanced ICT technology Today the Park houses 6 000 research workers many from overseas and offers subsidized rental costs to attract new research enterprises such as the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications All workers have access to broadband at speeds of up to 100 Mbps nearly 400 times faster than typical consumer broadband in most countries But thanks to policies of the national government the impact of YRP extends far beyond its boundaries Though until recently a laggard Japan now ranks third in the world for penetration of broadband a change driven

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    In 1995 only 1 of South Koreans used the Internet Under strong policies from the national government private wireline and wireless carriers deployed broadband networks that reached 14 million subscribers 28 of South Korea s population by 2006 ranking the nation fourth in the world They also enjoy some of the fastest speeds in the world with 100 Mbps available for as little as 35 000 won US 37 per month Today 3 000 Gangnam residents subscribe to Wibro an advanced form of broadband that can be used even in a speeding car while 8 000 South Koreans are using a digital broadcasting service to watch TV on their handheld devices during the commute to work Broadband for the People Gangnam gu was quick to seize on broadband as a means to make government more transparent increase citizen participation and even to help citizens who remained outside the local broadband economy About 350 000 citizens are registered users of the district s Web portal and 210 000 are subscribers to an email system that asks for their comment on proposed laws and regulations They seem to take their responsibilities seriously Recently the district proposed installation of surveillance cameras in a particular alley in a residential district A local human rights organization opposed the move on privacy grounds When polled by email however 82 of residents supported the move and installation subsequently led to a 40 reduction in crimes in the area One interesting aspect of the email polling system is that Gangnam uses demographic weighting to adjust the results It compares the demographics of the citizens who vote provided in the registration process with those of the district as a whole and weights the voting in order to make it reflective of the whole population The Web has also played a vital role in a public campaign introduced by newly elected Mayor Maeng Jung ju in July 2006 called the Movement to Keep Basic Order The campaign enlists citizens in reporting on public nuisances from illegal parking to environmental violations by phone and online More important than improved law enforcement is the change it has created in public awareness Within 10 months of the campaign s start the average daily number of violations reported dropped nearly 9 Gangnam has also found innovative ways to bring the benefits of Web enabled government to citizens who have never gone online In 2005 Gangnam equipped its social service staff with wireless PDAs enabling them to check information make reports and request services while visiting clients In 2006 it launched TV GOV a set of interactive e government applications running over the familiar medium of the television set The system enables users to access services in 34 categories as well as government news channels cultural and arts channels and specialized information for seniors women and children In 2007 the district began offering a service that placed wireless motion detectors in the homes of the elderly and triggered a remote alarm if the sensor failed

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    end of 2001 50 of the online population including 8 million individual subscriptions This achievement is the product of strong government policy in support of broadband services Three years ago the Ministry of Information and Communications made broadband infrastructure a high priority reflecting the goals of President Kim Dae Jung The government began to invest in networks for its agencies schools and universities and offered US 400 million in loans to carriers for infrastructure construction This led first Korea Telecom and then its competitors to invest an estimated 10 billion in network development Pointing the Way Today there are more than 70 broadband service providers led by Korea Telecom Hanaro Telecom and Korea Thrunet These leaders have bundled content along with access in an effort to build usage The nine key Internet access applications are online gaming Internet telephony e learning movies on demand finance shopping broadcasting chat and music Under the combined pressure of government policy and competition access prices are kept low users pay either a flat fee or a usage based price only slightly higher than dial up service Yet revenues from broadband applications and services generated US 3 5 billion in 2001 and both Korea Telecom

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    the Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency extends this effort by providing overseas representation for Suwon companies From 2003 to 2008 nearly 500 local businesses took part in expositions and market development projects Anyone with experience in municipal government knows that just throwing money at a problem is no guarantee of success While betting taxpayers money on buildings and companies Suwon has also built a web of collaborative relationships among industry universities and government The tangible result is a large number of public private research centers and institutes including the Gyeonggi Regional Research Center Content Convergence Software Research Center Gyeonggi Bio Center Korea Nano Fab Center Next Generation Convergence Technology Institute and Green Energy Auto Parts Material Research Center Some are located at local institutions including Sungkyunkwan University and Gyeonggi University Others are based in yet another development Kwangkyo Techno Valley a 450m campus that is home to 145 R D organizations Seven years of nurturing SMEs in specific industries have borne fruit Two third of Suwon companies specialize in one of its targeted industries electronics medical devices chemicals and specialty metals Companies with 50 or fewer employees make up 94 of all employers in the city Ubiquitous Suwon Suwon s efforts to develop a 21st Century information infrastructure have been no less bold In 2005 city government established the Ubiquitous Suwon Master Plan branded as U Happy The goal was to make Suwon s government more transparent more responsive to citizens and more cost effective The city decided to develop its own governmental network despite South Korea s impressive broadband infrastructure It was able to trim nearly a quarter million US dollars from its operating costs by eliminating leased lines and the use of conduit already installed for the transportation management system kept construction costs to a minimum Control of its own network allowed Suwon to boost connection speeds from 32 Mbps to a blazing 1 Gbps What followed was a massive re engineering project to consolidate and integrate multiple existing computer systems covering taxation real estate public health and safety transportation management and city administration Five city agencies collaborated on integration of GIS and aerial imaging data to simplify planning eliminate hazards and increase efficiency A unified Web gateway now provides citizens with access to online service requests reports payment news and information With 10 million unique visits per year the site handled over 600 000 transactions in 2009 for 93 000 registered users who can also elect to receive news and access their accounts by mobile phone A Happy Suwon Broadcasting Station delivers local news over the Web on city government cultural events education and entertainment programs And to ensure that services are available to the offline population an Interactive Data Digital TV service offers government news interactive services and information on traffic health and culture through the familiar interface of the television set Suwon works to steadily reduce the size of that offline group More than 35 000 people have received digital skills training from skilled volunteers

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    B2B e commerce revenues grew from US 23 billion in 1998 to US 51 billion in 2000 Online procurement by business alone rose from US 3 billion in 1998 to US 10 billion in 2000 Not content with this level of growth Singapore s government began announcing a series of programs and incentives starting in January 2002 to promote applications development and greater usage including a Connected Homes test bed for home networking and community services and a MySingapore Web site giving citizens access to a broad array of services Digital Age Trading Hub Singapore rejoins the Top Seven in 2005 because of the outstanding progress it has continued to achieve and for its ambitious new vision for creating a Digital Age trading hub for the Asia Pacific region Progress has come in many areas thanks to IDA s unrelenting focus strong funding and a emphasis on collaboration with private sector partners In 2003 PC ownership had risen to 74 Internet connectivity to 65 and broadband subscribers to 40 of the total population About 600 wireless hotspots have been deployed across the island 125 at McDonald s restaurants providing one wireless hub per square kilometer and a standards based integrated roaming and billing service gives users access to the entire wireless network An alliance between IDA and Microsoft has made Singapore s schools a test bed for digital textbooks Tablet PCs and other innovative technology as well as for in depth technology training for both teachers and students The World Economic Forum has ranked Singapore as one of the world s most network ready nations and a 2004 report by Accenture ranked the country as second in the world for e government leadership The Intelligent Island Becoming an Intelligent Island as Singapore calls itself is only one step in a

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