The purpose of this research is to describe the flow of the communication equipment industry and propose plans to strengthen the knowledge competitiveness of the communication equipment industry.
From its establishment, the communication equipment industry manufactured products with simple communication capabilities in accordance with manufacturer technology, rather than consumer demand. In 1990, communication equipment was diversified to products with personalization and multimedia function, in accordance with technology, new services, and changes in demand. Today’s communication equipment industry is pursuing continuous growth, so as to lead domestic industries in the 21st century by securing investments for cutting-edge facilities, intellectual assets including technology, expertise, patents, informatization, standardization, and technical experts.
The worldwide communication equipment market is expected to grow by an average annual rate of 2.9 percent, from 224,009 million dollars in 1997 to 263,430 million dollars in 2003. Core technologies for personalization, high functionalization and multimedia capabilities in cellular phone technology, switching technology, and transmission technology have already been developed. In Korea, demand has grown rapidly since the 1990s, and an average annual growth of 12.5 percent and 16.6 percent of growth in export is expected. Technologically advanced companies are strengthening their knowledge competitiveness, based on distinctive core competencies within a changing communication environment. Korean companies should expand knowledge bases through the recruitment of experts, increases in R&D investment, improvement of marketing capabilities, and efforts to increase core competencies.
For knowledge competitiveness, even though technology development capability is competitive in the cellular phone field, the accumulation of cutting-edge equipment and core part technology is assessed to be insufficient. Also, for the mobile field, competitiveness is very poor as dependence on overseas suppliers for core parts is high. Marketing competition is growing stronger in both domestic and overseas markets due to the deregulation and globalization of the communication market, and analysis shows that product technology, brand, and design have a great impact on marketing capability. The quality management of Motorola may be the benchmark for the knowledge competitiveness in the technology integrated communication equipment industry. As globalization is accelerating and the national information infrastructure is enhanced, informatization, standardization, and industrialization based establishment has a great impact on the knowledge competitiveness in terms of specialization of core technology and efficiency of corporate management.
In order to strengthen knowledge competitiveness in the communication equipment industry, first, production structures to manufacture highly functional and highly valuable products to satisfy personalization and multimedia capabilities should be enhanced, so as to realize technical development, changes in consumer demand and new services. Second, technology strategies such as technical partnerships with domestic and overseas companies should be established to respond to technology protectionism, and technology competition through the expansion of development capabilities. Third, global marketing capability development is required to create new demand and service in the global communication market. Fourth, the use of effective technology information and market information should be realized by optimizing web-based information networks and national industry information.
통신기기산업의 지식경쟁력 강화 방안(Plans to strengthen knowledge competitiveness in communication equipment industry)
|Series Title; No||KIET 산업경제|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Industry and Technology < Manufacturing
Industry and Technology < Science/Technology