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Wireless broadband pair to combine standards

Intel and LG Electronics have agreed to work together on creating a single international standard for wireless broadband internet...

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The two companies will now work on combining the Intel-backed Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax) standard with the Korean Wireless Broadband (WiBro) standard

LG Electronics spokeswoman Karen Hyejin Park said WiMax and WiBro offered different versions of the same basic 802.16 standard. WiMax sends a signal of several tens of megabits per second to fixed receivers over a distance of several tens of kilometres while WiBro sends a 1Mbps signal to receivers moving at speeds of up to 70km an hour.

"Single broadband wireless access standardisation would allow companies to avoid duplicate investments in handsets and systems that may occur between countries," said Park. "Consumers will then be able to receive broadband wireless access services at a more affordable price."

Plans for commercial WiBro system deployment are well advanced in South Korea. The government has announced plans to issue three national licences for WiBro deployment and industry watchers see KT Corp, SK Telecom and Hanaro Telecom as the likely winners.

Intel meanwhile has already begun producing samples of its first WiMax chip. The company is supplying the component, called Rosedale, to major customers in anticipation of the start of trial services within the next year.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service

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