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Korea to showcase ICT power in PyeongChang Olympics

The South Korean government on Friday said it is gearing up to roll out a set of cutting-edge information, communication and technology systems to support the successful hosting of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Automatic translation services, based on artificial intelligence, will be offered in seven languages, including English, Chinese and French, in real time for athletes and visitors to the event to be held in the Gangwon Province town, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

It was giving the results of the 7th meeting of the ICT strategy committee chaired by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn.

The panel approved what the government calls the K-ICT Strategy 2016.

Under the plan, major sports, such as ski jumping and snowboarding, will be filmed by 360-degree virtual-reality cameras and broadcast live on related headsets in addition to ultra high-definition broadcasts.

The ministry will provide 5G mobile communication and Internet of Things services as well.

As part of broader efforts to boost cybersecurity in South Korea, meanwhile, it has decided to push for training 7,000 highly skilled workers in the field over the next five years.

The government also plans to extend tax benefits for some selected ICT projects, including the creation of IoT complexes and VR theme parks.

"On the basis of the K-ICT Strategy 2016, the government plans to nurture the ICT sector as a more innovative and stronger key industry," ICT Minister Choi Yang-hee said. (Yonhap)

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