South Korea allocates wireless broadband spectrum

South Korea allocates wireless broadband spectrum

The South Korean government has allocated bandwidth for a new breed of portable Internet service that will be able to deliver a broadband connection to devices travelling at moderate speeds.

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) set aside a chunk of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band and said it plans to offer licenses to three companies to operate services using the frequencies.

The new system will be based on a technology called Wireless Broadband (WiBro), which is part of the 802.16 family of wireless Internet specifications and is expected to offer a signal of about 1Mbps bandwidth to devices travelling at up to 70kph. WiBro is closely related to but different from the WiMax system that has been developed to send a higher-bandwidth signal of several tens of megabits per second to fixed receivers over a distance of several tens of kilometres.

The ministry said it hoped to see commercial services based on WiBro launched sometime in 2006 and expected the market for such services to total 10 million customers and be worth $US3.7 billion by 2011.

The licenses would be awarded in March next year, the MIC said.

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