Sunday, July 2, 2006

Korea's KTF Launches 3.5 G HSDPA Service

South Korea's KTF is launching an HSDPA service nationwide using wireless broadband technology from LG-Nortel, a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel. LG-Nortel is the primary network supplier and is the exclusive vendor for 34 cities including the vast Seoul metropolitan area which alone accounts for almost 50 percent of the total population of Korea. It is estimated that 80 percent of the country's population will be able to access the service by the end of August 2006. A further 34 cities will be added by year-end, raising that figure to over 90 percent of the population, according to KTF estimates.

KTF's HSDPA wireless network can deliver services at download speeds up to 14.4Mbps. The introduction of LG-Nortel's HSUPA upgrade, planned for early 2007, will increase uplink speeds to 5.8 Mbps, improving performance for services requiring the high-speed upload of data.

The new 3.5 G HSDPA, handset-based service is being launched with two handset models in the initial deployment - including the first HSDPA phone from LG Electronics, the LG-KH1000. A further four to five handsets are planned later in the year. KTF's new service is branded "WorldPhone View".


Motorola Raises $1 Billion in Sale of Automotive Business

Motorola completed the previously announced sale of its automotive electronics business to Continental AG, a leading automotive supplier, for approximately $1 billion.