SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said Monday (Dec. 19) it has agreed to supply a Venezuelan mobile service provider with network equipment and operational know-how for recently-certified mobile WiMAX services.
The agreement means Samsung, South Korea’s leading handset provider, is capable of commercializing the fledgling high-speed Internet broadband technology called "WiBro" for the first time overseas.
Samsung said in a statement that the agreement with Omnivision C.A., which built Venezuela’s pay-TV service, will clear the way to deploy the mobile WiMAX system by the third quarter of 2006. Full-fledged services will be offered in Caracas by the end of next year.
Deployments in seven other Venezuelan cities will follow during an investment period of three years, according to the statement.
In theory, 3.5G mobile broadband technology allows data transfer rates of up to 10 Mbps while moving at a speed of up to 75 miles per hour. "WiBro" technolgiy in South Korea was developed by companies like Samsung and KT Corp.
Unlike fixed WiMAX, WiBro complies with the IEEE802.16e standard which was certified by the IEEE only earlier this month. It enables subscribers to stay connected to the Internet when moving between cells.