Telecom players establish WiBro & Mobile WiMAX Community

Wednesday 24 May 2006 | 08:07 CET | News
TM JOINS WIBRO & MOBILE WIMAX COMMUNITY Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) today joined 21 international telecom carriers in their quest to build a community for WiBro and mobile WiMAX, a wireless broadband access technology to expand their market reach and intra-industry cooperation. As one of the founding members, TM alongside other leading global telecom players such as KT Corporation from Korea, NTT Broadband from Japan, PCCW from Hong Kong, Covad from the US, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish WiBro & mobile WiMAX Community (WMC) within 6 months. The 22 overseas carriers from 15 countries signed the MoU at an event hosted by KT Corporation at its headquarters in Bundang, south of Seoul. "TM's involvement in the WMC marks our commitment to advance the development in High Speed Broadband services in line with the Government's goal and strategy of MyICMS 886 for the national ICT industry," said Dato' Abdul Wahid Omar, Group CEO. "It is also one of our efforts to initiate the development of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) technology in the 2.3GHz band to support our broadband business strategy" added Dato' Wahid. The WMC is the world's first alliance of WiBro and mobile WiMAX operators. It currently aims to develop relevant business models for WiBro global roaming belt and wide adoption of the technology, collaborate in the interoperability in business aspect, and strengthen service competitiveness through information sharing. The launch of the community and subsequent close industry collaboration will provide a boost for the wide use of the service across the globe. WMC Committee was set up to establish operational rules as well as the full creation of the community. As the Chairman of the WMC Committee, Dr. Hong Won-Pyo, who is also the Executive Vice President of KT Corporation expressed his gratitude to TM for playing such an important role in the WMC. He said: "KT will share its knowledge and know-how accumulated while preparing the commercial WiBro service and collaborate with others to widen the global market." He also called for concerted industry efforts toward global roaming so as to provide convenient wireless Internet access to more global net users. In keeping abreast with the development of WiMAX technology, TM has appointed its subsidiary, TMR&D Sdn Bhd as a member of the WiMAX Forum, an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Countries: World
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