Thursday, December 8, 2005

Alcatel and KT Enter WiMAX Partnership

Alcatel and KT will establish a new center in Seoul, Korea, that will serve as a venue for conducting interoperability tests of WiBro/mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e) infrastructure with WiMAX-enabled devices and to showcase WiMAX technology.

Alcatel said it is convinced that mobile WiMAX has enormous potential and decided to partner with KT to accelerate the introduction of new mobile broadband services in the global marketplace.

For the new WiMAX center, Alcatel will provide the radio access and core network elements for this WiBro/mobile WiMAX reality center, and will integrate this equipment with a set of application platforms that will be used to test applications with local 3rd party developers. The center will be linked to the KT R&D Center to facilitate testing of the convergence of fixed and mobile broadband applications and to evaluate the experience of end-users. A team of Alcatel and KT's engineering and marketing staff will work together within this framework.

Prior to this cooperation, Alcatel and KT have already taken a number of important steps in developing broadband wireless solutions. Earlier this year, KT announced that it would introduce KT Wireless Broadband services in the first half of 2006 that will enable users to access the Internet with a mobile device at multi-megabit speeds anywhere and at anytime.