Samsung Enters Russian Mobile Internet Market With WiMAX
WiMAX Mobile Subscriber Unit
September 2, 2008
Seoul, South Korea -- South Korean tech giant
Samsung Electronics Co. (KSE:005930) said Tuesday it has recently
entered Russia's mobile Internet industry by supplying a technology that
helps facilitate high-speed wireless Internet connectivity.
Scartel, a Russian mobile carrier
launched last year, has recently begun a trial run of its mobile WiMAX
service in Moscow and St. Petersburg, using Samsung's WiMAX networks and
other facilities, according to Samsung.
Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is one of the latest in
telecommunications technology that allows wireless data transmission at
broadband-like speed. South Korea has its own technology, dubbed WiBro,
in commercial service.
The two companies plan to setup as many as 1,600 access points in cities
by early 2009, and to begin commercial service by then.
"We plan to fully cooperate (with Scartel) for WiMAX to make a
successful launch in Russia by using our know-how obtained from
experiences in the U.S., Japan and the Middle East," said Choi Ji-sung,
head of Samsung's telecommunications division.
Samsung has recently beefed up efforts in exporting equipment and
networks for the wireless technology. It has signed a deal with Sprint
Nextel Corp., Motorola Inc. and Intel Corp. to cooperate in developing
and commercializing WiBro in the US.
It has also forged a deal with Japan's UQ Communications Inc. which
calls for the setting-up of infrastructure that will allow commercial
WiBro services to begin in Japan
starting next year.
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