Samsung Electronics is holding a two-day private forum on fourth-generation (4G) mobile telecommunications technology this week.
The meeting, dubbed the Samsung 4G Forum 2004, brings together about 120 people from academia, standards setting bodies, telecommunication equipment makers and telecommunication carriers, said Cho Sung-In, a company spokeswoman.
Attendees were invited by Samsung and discussion will centre on standards and technology for 4G systems. Samsung holds 220 patents relating to 3G and more advanced wireless technologies.
The company held a similar event last year and anticipates it becoming an annual meeting in the run-up to the standardisation and commercialisation of 4G systems, which is expected around the end of this decade. Samsung imagines 4G wireless technology will support data transmission at speeds of up to 1gbps (bits per second) while stationary and 100mbps while moving, Cho said.
Samsung is not the only company holding such events. In 2002 Japan's NTT DoCoMo held the first of its 4G technology summits and brought together representatives of major telecommunication and electronics companies. The Japanese carrier was one of the first in the world to launch third-generation (3G) wireless services and is already working on 4G technology.
Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service