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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Korea Becomes Spectator in 4th Generation Battle

Source: The Korea Times
Korea prides itself as a high-tech innovator, but a recent government report cautions that the country's superiority in technology is declining.

The contention between WiMAX and LTE (Long Term Evolution) in the standards race for next-generation wireless networks, called ``fourth generation (4G),'' is intensifying, and Korea is hoping to cash in on its experience in operating the world's first WiMAX network, based on closely related technology dubbed WiBro (wireless broadband).

Although there has yet to be a specific standard to spell out what a 4G service and network should look like, both the WiMAX and LTE camps are touting ubiquitous broadband connectivity with faster data rates than previous generations.

Despite getting a head-start with WiBro, Korean electronics makers are lagging behind their rivals in the United States and Japan in the quality and marketability of their mobile Internet patents, according to the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO).

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