SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics has agreed with Brazil’s largest media group, Abril S.A., to jointly launch pilot tests of South Korea's mobile WiMax service in Brazil.
Under terms of the agreement announced Tuesday (March 7), Samsung and Abril's TVA cable TV subsidiary will begin trial services here of the Korean version of mobile WiMax, known as WiBro, beginning in May. The partners plan to launch commercial services in November, according to Samsung.
Brazil is the second Latin American country to test Samsung’s WiBro technology. Last December, Samsung signed a similar agreement with Venezuela’s mobile service provider Omnivision C.A. Omnivision is set to deploy the WiBro system during the third quarter of 2006.
Samsung has also agreed to back commercial launches of the mobile Internet service in the U.S., Japan, Italy and Croatia. South Korea is scheduled to begin its own commercial WiBro service in June.