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The South Korean government said that KT, SK Telecom, and Hanaro Telecom will get licenses to build WiBro networks: WiBro is a homegrown broadband wireless technology that is based on 802.16 but not compatible with WiMax. The WiBro networks won’t be available until the middle of 2006, right around the time that WiMax networks could pop up in the wild.
My gut reaction to WiBro is that it’s an unfortunate initiative that only splinters the market while the whole point of WiMax was to unify a splintered broadband wireless market. It also smacked of an attempt by a government to legislate a local standard thus requiring local operators to only buy from local vendors. While that could be true, it’s hard to ignore the fact that WiBro is portable while a portable or mobile version of WiMax is a few years out yet.
Posted by nancyg at January 26, 2005 11:53 AM
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