October 16, 1997 in Social Responsibility News

Industry's leading CDMA Vendor SAMSUNG Joins Lucent, Motorola, Nortel and Qualcomm to Develop Next G

Seoul, South Korea, October 16, 1997. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today it is joining Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Nortel and Qualcomm to accelerate the development of specifications for next generation wireless communication systems.

The rapid growth of Samsung CDMA based products and systems, and the worldwide demand for advanced services required Samsung's participation in the standardization effort.

Samsung has also gained substantial experience from its IS-95 system development and deployments with ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute) in Korea. This experience enables Samsung to contribute new ideas to the Third Generation Wideband cdmaOne standardization effort.

The Joint Development of Wideband cdmaOne specifications by the five companies will accelerate the next generation wireless communication system development with a grobal acceptance.

This new Wideband cdmaOne system will use technology based on IS-95, to deliver advanced wireless services, including toll quality voice, high speed data, video, and multimedia applications.

The proposed specifications will meet or exceed the International Telecommunications Union(ITU) requirements for IMT-2000 high-speed data transport to a single subscriber. These requirements include wireless data rates of 144 kilobits per second (kbps) at mobile speeds, 384 kbps at pedestrian speeds, and 2 megabits per second in a stationary environment.

Theses are the features which will meet the needs of 21st century wireless subscribers.

The five companies stated that they will also continue to support development of other Third Generation standards in other regions of the world in order to minimize the differences.

The five companies continue to develop these new specifications in the TR45 Subcommittee of the Telecommunications Industry Association. The specifications will then be submitted to the ITU for global standardization.

The first system applications of the proposed specifications are expected to go into commercial operation by the year 2000. Operators in South Korea, Japan, China, Latin America and the U.S. already have expressed interest in adopting this new third generation wireless technology.


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