KT’s WiBro network covers 82 cities
|Models hold WiFi and WiBro devices at the KT center in Jongno, central Seoul yesterday. KT became the first communication company to service a 4G WiBro network. [NEWSIS]|
Telecom giant KT Corp. said yesterday that it has expanded coverage of a high-speed wireless Internet network, called WiBro, to 82 cities in Korea.
KT plans to release at least one tablet computer each by Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp., a smartphone and laptop computers equipped with WiBro connectivity before this summer to encourage users to take advantage of the high-speed wireless Internet network, the company said in a statement.
WiBro is a type of fourth-generation wireless data technology developed by Korean telecom companies. With the latest network expansion, 85 percent of the country’s population has access to the wireless data network, which transfers data at a speed as fast as 40.32 megabytes per second, KT said.
KT, Korea’s second-biggest mobile operator, is poised to lose its exclusive right to distribute Apple Inc.’s iPhone in the country. Its rival SK Telecom Co. announced last week that it will release Apple’s popular smartphone.
In response to the recent blow, KT is strengthening its partnership with Samsung Electronics, the world’s second-largest mobile phone maker, which is keen on guarding its domestic cell phone market.
Samsung will supply the WiBro version of its first tablet computer, the Galaxy Tab, to KT.
The Galaxy Tab WiBro does not support voice calls and text messages, which need a cellular network, and instead offers wireless data access at a cheaper price.
Local telecom companies are readying to invest in new networks as the number of data-gobbling smartphone users is set to explode in coming years.
SK Telecom plans to start commercial service of long-term evolution technology in July, while KT is counting largely on wireless fidelity and WiBro.