Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Good Wibrotions - Mobile WiMax or Wibro goes PDA

The Solutions and Content Exhibition Korea (SEK) has just finished and there has been some focus on Korea's own Wireless Broadband (Wibro).

WiMax, as it's more globally recognized, is very active as a technology in Korea and they represent the bleeding edge of the use and deployment of the 802.16 standard.

The Bangkok Posts Tony Waltham was in Seoul for SEK and you can see his write up of his experience with the WiMax Muni Net from this link.

Samsung took the opportunity to show off there newest Wibro phone, the PDA M8100. As it's only available in Korea today the only write up from the vendor I could find was in Korean so I can share the write up on UberGizmo.

I might be heading to Korea for a couple of months in August so it will be good to experience Wibro first hand. If it happens expect some write ups here.

For a round up of SEK read Tony Waltham's article in the Bangkok Posts Database weekly supplement.

Public Phones as WiFi Hotspots... round 2

Almost one year ago I posted on this blog about how operators that have invested in public telephone networks could still use the asset today in the day of prolific mobile phone use.

This was the convergence of two main ideas

  1. Using street lights as Wifi Hotspots, they are everywhere and they are powered. Also as I noted if you combine with broadband over power line (BPL) you also don't need to invest in new cabling and the convenience of no minimal disruption that no digging brings makes this compelling.
  2. After the limited success of Ionica and their fixed wireless network a case for fixed wireless today.
There is a summary available on Telegeography of how TeliaSonera are looking to adapt their network of phone booths to become WiFi hotspots. The math has to make sense as the revenue stream from these assets has to be impacted by mobile use. Though somewhat redundant functionally they still represent real presence for the operator on the high street and so any use that can be found for them must be good.

We are now starting to see the first wave of mobile WiMax devices appear so 802.11 and 802.16 would both be valuable. This adoption of the other network using WiMax and UMA could be Wireless' own VoIP disruption.