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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Korea & Mobile Internet Platform

Korea has arguably the best conditions in the world for a mobile handset-based Internet service thanks to its state-of-the-art infrastructure and an abundance of Internet-capable smart phone users. Base stations cover almost every corner of the nation and more than 30 million among the country’s 48 million people carry high-end smart phones. starting september, South Koreans will be able to use their phones to access the Internet just as they do today with their home computers. Korea’s main mobile carriers will open up their wireless Internet platforms to other firms. Cell phones released later than this September will be prepared for the software making on-the-move Web surfing easier and shall have user interface to the Web similar to that of personal computers , whereby users can directly type in the domain address to enter any site . The take-up of the Internet cell phones, however, has been slower than expected since wireless companies mandated clients to enter the mobile Internet via their own Web portals, thus blocking unbounded access to the Web. The envisioned steps are projected to boost the Internet use on the road in tune with the growing trend of get-your-information-anytime-anywhere in Korea. The debut of the high-speed download packet access (HSDPA) early this year will play a pivotal role in buoying the go-anywhere Internet. HSDPA is an up-and-coming wireless technology that is expected to bridge present third-generation systems, wideband code division multiple access (W-CDMA), and the 4G platform. As a turbocharger of W-CDMA, HSDPA promises a real-life speed in the neighborhood of 2 megabits per second, similar to today’s fixed-line broadband. The long-heralded HSDPA will make the cell phone-based Internet easier and cheaper. Korea is clearly proving to be the mobile paradise and this would be another crown in their jewel. After all what Korea & Japan does today in mobiles, rest of asia shall embrace shortly and the US would follow suit..

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