Wednesday, November 07, 2007

[ News, Opinion, October 27 2007] Implication of WiBro becoming global mobile standard

By Yoo Hyun-chul
Executive Director, Flyvo Division

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.


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.

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