September 10, 2008

South Korean, Japanese Telecom Firms Broaden Cooperation

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) - KT Corp., South Korea's largest fixed- line operator, said Wednesday it has forged a tentative deal with a Japanese telecom company to cooperate in the development of cross- border roaming technology to be used in wireless-broadband connection technology.The memorandum of understanding signed with Japan's UQ Communications Inc. in Tokyo earlier in the day calls for joint efforts in developing platforms and peripherals to be used in WiBro roaming services, KT said in a statement.

WiBro, one of the major third-generation (3G) wireless Internet standards, is an improved version of WiMax that enables broadband- like Web connectivity even when a user is in motion. WiMax refers to a wireless Internet technology developed by Intel Corp.

The companies are expected to release a universal USB WiBro modem in the second half of next year that allows roaming services of their respective wireless-broadband service via the partner's mobile networks.

The modem is expected to support WiBro frequencies of 2.3 gigahertz, used in South Korea, and 2.5 gigahertz frequency used in Japan and the United States. KT has signed a similar deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. of the US in August of last year.

UQ Commincations, which was selected as the sole operator of WiBro services in Japan in December, is scheduled to begin trial services of the wireless technology in selected cities of Tokyo and Yokohama starting in February 2009.

Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 0556 10 Sep 08.

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