Intel plans wireless and digital centre for Korea

Intel is to open a research and development centre in South Korea before the end of this year.

Intel is to open a research and development centre in South Korea before the end of this year.

The centre will concentrate on development of technologies for the digital home and wireless communications, areas in which South Korea is considered one of the leading nations. The projects slated fort the centre include Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology and WiMax (Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access) last-mile wireless broadband.

South Korea has one of the highest broadband penetration rates in the world. At the end of July there were 11.2 million broadband connections.

The wide availability of broadband connections has spawned a host of services and applications, including video-on-demand, video streaming services and interactive and network gaming. The country's two largest electronics companies, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have put on sale a small number of networked appliances, including a refrigerator.

The country also holds a leading position in wireless infrastructure with a cellular telephone service supporting data transmission of up to 2.4Mbps (bits per second) already in commercial service and a growing network of wireless Lan hotspots.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service

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