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Samsung Mobilizes WiBro

While the rest of the world waits for fixed WiMax interoperability testing, the South Koreans are pushing ahead with their home-grown mobile variant of the wireless MAN technology.

Local press reports say that Samsung Corp. has now demonstrated handoff between WiBro basestations at speeds of up to 80 MPH and intends to debut the new technology at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November.

In contrast, official interoperability testing of fixed WiMax products by the WiMAX Forum in Spain is not now expected to start until October this year (see WiMax Waits on Testing).

So what is Samsung's hurry? After all, WiBro is derived from the 802.16e specification that forms the basis of mobile WiMax, and WiBro is expected to be very similar to the final mobile specification, although that hasn't yet been ratified (see The WiMax LeapFrog).

In a nutshell, Samsung wants to grab an early advantage in the mobile wireless broadband market, and particularly ensure that it has the jump on Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), which is arguably the main company driving the WiMax market.

The president of Samsung, Lee Ki-tae, told the Korea Times as much on Monday, saying he didn't want to see "Intel Inside" the next generation of communications terminals.

"We will lead the standard with WiBro," Lee says.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

free_radio 12/5/2012 | 3:03:53 AM
re: Samsung Mobilizes WiBro It seems to me, Qualcomm with the Flarion Flash-OFDM is getting REAL major deployments inside and outside US markets. China + Japan NTT is doing trials using VSF-OFDM along with your news here on Samsung WiBro testing. I'd say Intel is probably on the same line with Samsung and NTT. I don't know much on the TI side? anybody care to add comments more ...
lrmobile_boondocksbandit 12/5/2012 | 3:03:53 AM
re: Samsung Mobilizes WiBro Not sure. These companies will likely be major players; but it is unlikely that the other big fish like Motorola, Ericsson, Nortel, Alcatel, Nokia and the like will not aggressively push for their slice of the market. The interesting thing to me is whether any startup (well, we can safely omit Flarion for now) can make it in this space?
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:03:53 AM
re: Samsung Mobilizes WiBro Anyone else getting the sense that the next generation of broadband wireless is going to be in the hands of just a few companies, namely Intel, Qualcomm and maybe Samsung if they can push WiBro hard enough?

DJ
lrmobile_boondocksbandit 12/5/2012 | 3:03:52 AM
re: Samsung Mobilizes WiBro Where has Flarion deployed within US (not a sarcastic question, I honestly dont remember hearing any, vaguely recall something about it being used for a public-safety or municipal application somewhere)?
It seems now that every camp is now converging on OFDM (and some variant thereof) for their next generation wireless; the only company that was holding out was Qualcomm and that will be no longer the case with the Flarion deal. Hard to say who will win or predict likely winners in this space. Intel might be the only somewhat safe bet to do well here, simply because of their overwhelming advantage and presence in the non-handset space (notebooks, PDAs etc)
lrmobile_justin 12/5/2012 | 3:03:51 AM
re: Samsung Mobilizes WiBro Flarion has previously announced U.S. deals at Aloha Partners and Cellular One of Amarillo, a high-profile trial at Nextel, and a public safety network project in Washington D.C.

http://www.unstrung.com/docume...

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Most recently the company scored a small commercial deployment at Citizens, a service provider based in rural southwest Virginia:

http://www.unstrung.com/docume...

Unstrung Justin
techgnochhi 12/5/2012 | 3:03:33 AM
re: Samsung Mobilizes WiBro when you say "in the hands of", what do you mean? I think it will only be a handful of companies that in the long term will provide base technologies (i.e chipsets) that the rest of the infra vendors will build into their products. I think the current 'balkanization' of the BWA technology landscape is unsustainable and after further consolidation a la Flarion there will truly only be a few companies controlling their own and the acquired IPR. isn't that what the VCs pumping money into the plethora of tech shops ultimately want?
standardsarefun 12/5/2012 | 3:02:58 AM
re: Samsung Mobilizes WiBro why on earth would anyone call 802.16 or Flash-OFDM "4G".

Surely this is simply a re-run of the 2G fight where everyone thought that 2G = GSM + TDMA and then along came IS95. In retrospect we now include CDMA within "2G" so surely wont we eventually call WiMAX et al "3G" or maybe "3.5G"??
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:02:54 AM
re: Samsung Mobilizes WiBro Marketing, dear boy, marketing.

DJ
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