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Russia may install Korean wireless Internet technology

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Sept 11,2006
Russia is seeking to launch wireless Internet for its citizens to modernize its telecommunications network, Korea’s minister of information and communication said yesterday. “Showing a keen interest in WiBro, Russia’s information technology officials said they want to launch a test operation of the service in some areas,” Rho Jun-hyong told reporters in a press briefing after returning from a tour of Russia, Romania, Germany and Hungary. WiBro, or wireless broadband, is a Korean technology that enables users to use high-speed Internet even when they are in motion. The first commercial WiBro service started in June. “Though the exact timeframe for the test operation has yet to be fixed, both sides will accelerate working-level consultations before a meeting to be held in October here in Seoul,” Mr. Rho said. He said more details will be available then. Mr. Rho embarked upon his nine-day tour of those countries on Aug. 31 in a bid to showcase Korea’s IT technologies to those potential markets, while at the same time enlisting their support for Seoul’s bid to be re-elected as a board member of the International Telecommunication Union, an organization that promotes cooperation among telecom companies.


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