SEOUL, South Korea KT Corp., a key player in the development of Korea’s homegrown WiBro mobile WiMax technology, said Tuesday (May 23) it has set up an international community of 21 overseas telecommunications operators to build a global "roaming belt" for the service.
Meanwhile, the Korean company and smart-card provider Axalto last week jointly announced the commercial launch of a WiBro universal IC card that will let subscribers connect to the WiBro service using a notebook PC, PDA or smart phone.
KT, South Korea’s largest fixed-line and broadband wireless service operator, is scheduled to commercialize WiBro service here beginning next month. Trial services are under way in Seoul and surrounding areas.
KT and the 21 community-member companies, from 15 nations in Asia, America and Europe, recently gathered here for the inaugural session of the WiBro Mobile WiMax Community. KT declined to identify the member companies but said the community is the first of its kind for mobile WiMax.
The Korean company is also a board member of the WiMax Forum, which is working to facilitate the deployment of broadband wireless networks based on the IEEE 802.16 standard.