Telecommunication and consumer electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics has launched four new WiMAX devices for the South Korean market. These devices will be made available through Korea Telecom.
Mobile WiMAX is based on 802.16e-2005 and the OFDMA PHY as the air interface technology and can be used to deliver both fixed and mobile services.
The first device is SPH-M8200, a PDA with WiMAX and CDMA EV-DO connectivity. It is 16.6mm thin bar device with a touch screen and supports Terrestrial DMB, Bluetooth, file viewer and mobile digital TV. It also includes a camera and costs around $750.
The SPH-P9200, the second device, is a 5-inch portable computer with a foldable keyboard. It runs Windows XP and combines WiMAX, Wi-Fi and high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) wireless networking. It has 30GB embedded storage and costs around $1,500.
Lastly, the SPH-H1300 and SWT-H200K are USB modems, which can be connected to laptops for WiMAX access. They will cost $90 and $180, respectively.
We will continue to introduce mobile WiMAX devices and expand our portfolio of mobile convergence devices, said Geesung Choi, president of Telecom Network Business at Samsung.
The Korean government-funded Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) forecasted that WiMax will become a $41.4 billion business by 2010. The fixed line operator Korea Telecom and mobile operator SK Telecom have been offering commercial mobile WiMAX services in Korea since June 2006 and have a combined subscriber base of over 83,000.
Ever since mobile WiMAX was chosen as one of the 3G mobile technologies by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio-communication Assembly in October 2007, Samsung has been focusing on expanding its mobile WiMAX device portfolio.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates