KOREA: Mobile Internet to become faster than fixed line

Lab experiments on Samsung access speeds surpass what was previously thought to be maximum wireless capacities

Korea Times
Thursday, August 31, 2006

By Kim Tae-gyu

Cheju, South Korea --- People on the road will be able to download hundreds of music files in seconds around 2010 thanks to the new portable Internet technologies of Samsung Electronics.

Samsung, the world's third-largest cell phone producer, yesterday demonstrated a super-fast mobile Internet platform at the Fourth-Generation (4G) Forum on Cheju Island.

The wireless technologies of Samsung promise a downlink speed of 100 Mbps (megabits per second) for users on the move and 1Gbps (gigabit per second) for those at a standstill.

The throughput of 1Gbps, which enables people to download 300 music files at 2.4 seconds or a movie file in 5.6 seconds, is even faster than today's maximum landline connectivity of 100 Mbps.

Demonstration sessions took place here at a specially designed bus, which showed 32 high-definition channel broadcasts, Internet access and video telephony at the same time.

In addition, Samsung disclosed lab experiments in which it reached a transmission rate of 3.5Gbps with a terminal moving at five kilometers per hour.

The company said that the speed enabled by multiple antennas is notable because 2.5Gbps has been regarded as the limit of wireless transmission speed.

Noting that the speeds meet the requirements of 4G, Samsung President Lee Ki-tae said that he is proud to show off 4G technologies at the ongoing forum for the first time in history.

"We hope to drive development and standardization of 4G mobile technologies with the successful demonstration and realize our dream to begin the 4G era," Lee said.

"We seek to work with associated parties for the successful commercialization of 4G technologies," said Lee, who takes charge of Samsung's telecom network business.

The 4G mobile system is defined as a network that allows data transfer rates of 1Gbps in nomadic circumstances and 100 Mbps in mobile environments.

The futuristic mobile network is projected to become commercially available around 2010 and Samsung leads the way as the Seoul-based firm has developed 4G technologies.

Lee said the company will be able to debut a handset-sized terminal embracing the 4G system in 2008.

Samsung has already developed handover technologies for the ultra-fast mobile platform enabling users to remain connected while moving between base stations.

The solution, which Samsung showed yesterday on the bus traveling at 60 kilometers per hour, is a must to commercially launch any mobility-specific service.

The world also knows well the potential of 4G and the spectrums of the next-generation wireless technologies will be decided in late 2007 at the World Radio-communication Conference.

The annual 4G Forum, which started in 2003, was designed to bring together the telecom industry, academia, service providers and regulators to create multi-perspective talks.

Around 170 high-profile industry representatives from 20 countries participated in the fourth edition of the gathering this year on the topic of service requirements and spectrum for 4G.