WiBro, a variant of the WiMAX wireless internet standard, has been approved as a global standard by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), according to Korean government sources quoted in South Korea media. The WiBro technology, which is designed to provide wireless broadband internet connections to mobile users, was developed by the Korean government and local telecommunications companies such as Samsung and PosData.
The ITU formally accepted technologies underlying WiBro as international standards for third generation mobile telecommunications at a meeting in Geneva late last week, the reports said. WiBro is Korea's name for a mobile version of the WiMAX wireless internet technology. ITU announcements do not appear to mention WiBro by name, but instead refer to acceptance of technology related to the Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) transmission protocol, which underlies both WiBro and WiMAX.
"It is a milestone in the history of Korea's telecommunications technology and will help us maintain the front runner position in the global race for next-generation mobile technologies," Song Yoo-jong, a Korean government official told the Korea Herald.
WiBro, WiMAX, Wireless, Internet, Wireless Internet, ITU, Korea