|No.79 August 1, 2004|
|Ubiquitous Networking:Business Opportunities and Strategic Issues|
This paper clarifies that the ubiquitous network is a total ICT paradigm that was rediscovered in Japan after we entered the 21st century and discusses business opportunities and related strategic issues based on the trends that have become clear since the spring of 2003.
In the process toward ubiquitous networking in Japan, various network infrastructures must be so developed as to acquire compatibility and interoperability. These infrastructures include wired networks with their focus shifting from high-speed to super high-speed network access, wireless networks aiming at being the world's most advanced networks, transportation system networks with their links being closer, broadcasting networks undergoing digitization, and physical object networks that will soon emerge.
Japanese companies are in a highly competitive position with respect to the development and dissemination of ubiquitous terminals. Favorable results in this field will lead to the growth of ubiquitous electronics, and will give birth to the possibility of facilitating the growth of clusters of diverse ubiquitous service solutions, with a new set of three sacred treasures consisting of ubiquitous home appliances, ubiquitous cars and ubiquitous offices.
In the realization of these business opportunities, approaches aimed at the development of original content and solutions from the user perspective are important at the stage of developing a network infrastructure. At the phase of developing the ICT utilization infrastructure, a vision for the realization of a strategic module vertical evolution model is needed. In evolving utilization solutions, the "industry-consumer reversal" phenomenon must be fully recognized.