Newport Digital Technologies Inc., best known as a developer of products based upon wireless broadband technologies, is targeting E-Learning as one of its key markets in the coming years. With the proliferation of state-of-the-art wireless broadband, along with popular web-oriented personal computing devices such as netbooks, e-learning will become increasingly important as countries around the world try to improve educational standards to build their economic competitiveness.
The size of this market is projected to swell to over $52 billion in 2010, and is expected to continue to grow in the years ahead. This will boost providers of e-learning content, technologies, and services as people realize the unique benefits that the e-learning approach can provide:
• Lower Costs – With e-learning, even the highest caliber instructors in a field will be able to share their knowledge across great distances, with an unlimited number of students, allowing people around the world to attend courses at minimal cost. In addition, a computer with a good Internet connection, attached to a projector, will allow entire classrooms to be served in even the poorest countries.
• Convenience – Depending upon the design of the educational application, e-learning can be self-paced or otherwise customized to maximize individual learning efficiency. And, since it will be available 24/7, people can more easily fit it into their schedule.
• Environmentally Friendly – Since e-learning greatly reduces the need for travel, there will be a net decrease in energy input and carbon output. It takes very little energy to run a computer compared to physically moving a person and vehicle. When considering the large number of students, both young and adult, the difference is appreciable.
Newport Digital has partnered with two premier technology incubators, both based in Taiwan: the Institute for Information Industry (III) and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). NDT works with these two technology powerhouses to develop and customize their technologies to meet the needs of customers in global markets.
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