Korea's WiBro Adopted as Global 3G Telecom Standard

A wireless broadband Internet technology developed in Korea has been adopted as the sixth global standard for third-generation telecommunication. The adoption enables Korean patent holders to compete with rivals in the global market on an equal footing, as they can use the same worldwide radio frequency as IMT-2000 when providing the WiBro service abroad. Known also as mobile WiMAX, WiBro allows access to broadband Internet on the move.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) approved the Korean-developed technology as a global 3G standard at the 2007 Radiocommunication Assembly at the International Conference Center in Geneva on Thursday.

WiBro is said to have the advantage in developing into the fourth-generation telecommunication standard as it already uses wireless telecommunication technologies like orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and multi input-multi output (MIMO) associated with 4G.

At the assembly, China had persistently opposed the adoption of WiBro out of concern that its own 3G standard TDS-CDMA could be replaced by WiBro if the Korean technology was chosen before the Chinese technology takes root. But it conceded at the last moment on condition that its reservations are stated in the resolution. Germany, another opponent, agreed to the adoption on condition that the technical glitches of the Korean wireless technology are addressed as soon as possible.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 19, 2007 10:12 KST