Monday, October 26, 2009

Internet speed

Generally, Asia was being placed at 4th among 6 continents in the world for the speed of internet. The top continent is Europe but that only shows the average statistics for European countries. Korea has the world faster download speed of 21.87 Mb/s, followed by Japan , 16.09 Mb/s, Aland Islands, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Romania, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Moldova, HongKong (9.56 Mb/s), Andora, Portugal and Germany. Our good neighbour, Singapore rank 5th among Asian countries with downloading speed of 7.46 Mb/s. In Malaysia, the region with best internet download speed is Penang (2.87 Mb/s), followed by Melacca, Kelantan, Selangor, Perlis, N.Sembilan, and Wilayah Persekutuan (1.85 Mb/s).
However, Korea placed at 14th with its 3.18 Mb/s of uploading speed. Lithuania has the fastest uploading speed to internet at 8.98 Mb/s, followed by Japan, Bulgaria, Latvia, Aland Islands, Hong Kong and ect. However, not all spot in Korea manage to achieve the speed that provided. I've done a test in my university and the downloading and uplaoding speed is 6.8 Mb/s and 4.22 Mb/s respectively. Of course, this is far more better than the announced speed provided in Msia. Feel free to visit this website for more details and do a test for your IP.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Yonsei New Campus in Songdo, Incheon

Went to visit Yonsei's new campus in Songdo, Incheon last month. Songdo is targeted to be developed into a new city by the Korea government. There are many landmark high-rise buildings forming a future business hub and centre for higher educations. All reknown Korean Universities are having their new campus there forming Songdo Global University Campus. Yonsei is having its lifetime rival, Korea University nearby. So, it's going to be very interesting when it comes to the YonKo Festival annually.

Following are some info found in wikipedia:
New Songdo City is a planned international business center to be developed on 1,500 acres (6 km²) of reclaimed land along Incheon's waterfront, 40 miles (65 km) west of Seoul, South Korea and connected to Incheon International Airport by a 7.4 mile (12.3 km) highway bridge, called Incheon Bridge. Along with Yeongjong and Cheongna, it is part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone[1]. The Songdo International Business District (IBD) will include a convention center, international school, museum, ecotarium, cultural center, Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, Northeast Asia Trade Tower (NEATT), First World Towers, and Central Park. The Incheon Tower is part of another parcel within New Songdo City. State-of-the-art schools, hospitals, apartments, office buildings and high-end cultural amenities are to be built in the city. Architectural hallmarks from around the world, including New York's Central Park and Venice's canals, are to be incorporated into the city. English is planned to be the lingua franca. This 10-year development project is estimated to cost in excess of $40 billion, making it the largest private development project ever undertaken anywhere in the history of the world. The project aspires to make the city and South Korea the preeminent business hub of Asia.
When completed in 2015, the city's infrastructure will be a test bed for new technologies, and the city itself will exemplify a digital way of life. "It will be one of the world's first cities in which all information systems - residential, medical, business - are linked." [1]
Songdo IBD development is being undertaken by an international joint venture led by Gale International and POSCO. The masterplan was designed by the New York office of Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). Infrastructure development, labor, and funding are also being provided by the city of Incheon.