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IT focus is on cheaper phones, cloud computing

Mid- to low-price smartphones, cloud computing and mobile messengers will be among the focal points of the ICT industry in 2015, KT’s economic research institute Digieco said in a report on Wednesday.

Digieco released the report of what it predicts will be the 10 biggest issues for the ICT industry. The think tank predicted there will be a shift toward more intense competition among ICT companies next year.

According to the report, the competition in the smartphone market will continue to accelerate, but IT companies will also look to take the lead in new areas.

According to the report, the 10 major IT sectors for 2015 will be: mid- to low-price smartphones, smart media, mobile messengers, cloud computing, China’s ICT market, the Internet of Things, smart home, mobile health care, connecting online and offline businesses, and finding the next big smart device.

Digieco said that there will be a larger market for affordable smartphones next year because of dropping phone sales due to the government’s crackdown on subsidies.

Local smartphone manufacturers have said they will focus on cheaper phones. Samsung will promote its “Galaxy A” series in China and India, while LG is also expected to expand sales of its “L” series.

In line with the rise of affordable smartphones, Digieco said in its report that the Chinese ICT market will continue to expand its influence globally in low-end phones, ultra-high definition televisions and wearable devices.

According to the report, smart media mobile platforms and cloud computing will both grow next year. Companies worldwide will also compete to become a leader in IoT.

In the next smart device market, Digieco said it expected smart watches to continue to be popular, and also predicted the rise of personal robots.

BY KIM JUNG-YOON [kjy@joongang.co.kr]



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