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 Implication of WiBro becoming global mobile standard
Manager 님의 글입니다. 2007-10-28 10:59:36, Hit : 4,417, Vote : 1449

Great news arrived from Geneva last week that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nation's tech policymaking group, included Korea's WiBro as one of the six international standard platforms for third-generation (3G) mobile technology. WiBro's inclusion was a major event in the 30 years of Korea's telecommunication history.

Wireless Broadband Internet, or WiBro, enables users to access the Internet even while on the move and is known as Mobile WiMAX in the global market. The technology, when much more commercialized, is expected to create invaluable ripple effects with unprecedented services and business models.

Currently, around 40 countries are ready to import the Korean-born technology and ITU's decision will speed up their adoption. A good many countries in the Middle East and South America are highly likely to bring in the high-tech service, too.

With WiBro's recognition as a global standard in the same league as the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000), which the ITU approved in 1999, it can now add more frequencies. Currently, WiBro uses 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz, but it will now have 700 MHz, 900 MHz and 1.9 GHz at its service.

WiBro is also compatible with fourth-generation (4G) communication technology like Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), making itself the most appropriate candidate for next-generation mobile technology. Consequently, global telecommunication companies are likely to join the mobile WiMAX group soon.

A foreign news report said that AT&T, the largest U.S. communications service provider, will start WiBro service as early as next year. Japan's telecommunications and media leader SoftBank has also announced that it plans to invest 250 billion yen by 2015 if it is chosen as the Mobile WiMax service provider by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications this fall.

As the global WiBro market is set to expand, Korean companies are stepping up preparations to provide foreign telecom providers with relevant equipment. Foreign companies are also rushing into the equipment market. Now is the right time for the Korean telecommunications industry to come up with strategies to stay ahead of the competition.

We should not be content with earning a global reputation for and from WiBro; we should continually exert the greatest effort to lead the international mobile tech market and further develop follow-up products after WiBro. The government and industry should join hands in such multifaceted efforts.

By Yoo Hyun-chul
Executive Director, Flyvo Division

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