July 30, 1998 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Exports CDMA WLL Fixed Phones to Russia

SEOUL, Korea - July, 30, 1998 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the CDMA format is now the world standard for Wireless local loops (WLLs), and their market is growing steadily. In step with this trend, Samsung Electronics made over US $20 million contracts to export CDMA WLL Fixed Phones to Vladikavkaz, Bryansk and Vladivostok in Russia. The company expects additional orders to Russia and plans to expand exports to existing markets in the Americas.

The CDMA WLL Fixed Phones (model: SCW-F200) being exported to Russia are CDMA Cellular Bands (800MHz). Conventional sing-line phone provides voice services only, but the SCW-F200 offers the capability to handle short message service, voice mail and text data. The new Samsung product is the first that gives users the best of both worlds: call quality of wired networks with the mobility of wireless networks.

The SCW-F200 can be used on a WLL system that wirelessly connects subscribers to a wired network base station. It also can access existing CDMA wireless networks, thereby performing the user with the same functions as a regular cellular phone would.

The fixed terminal can be hooked up to either a PC or a regular facsimile machine to send and receive text data. Other value-added features include short message service, voice mail and telephone number editing. Moreover, the SCW-F200 uses a 4-line LCD and provides the same functions as a wired network such as conference calls and call waiting.

Russia and Eastern Europe plan to expand their WLL networks, which are used to access wired networks. Subscribers use mobile handsets to connect with WLL base stations at distances ranging from 2 to 20 kilometers (depending upon terrain). This network expansion is expected to be at least 10 million new subscriber lines over the next 5 years.

WLLs are easier to install than regular wired networks, and the unit cost per line is very low. These advantages are attracting both developing countries with littlte or no infrastructure as well as advanced countries that are seeking to expand existing capacity.

The world market for WLL Fixed Phones are forecast to total 200 million subscribers by 2005. At the same time new, comprehensive services that link CDMA wireless networks are expected to be offered in developing markets such as Asia, Eastern Europe, China, India, Africa and Latin America.

With the export of WLL Fixed Phones, Samsung Electronics is in a position to offer buyers a total solution to their communication needs, to include CDMA systems, and supporting hardware.

In Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., there are three main business units:
. Multimedia & Home Appliances
. Semiconductors
. Information & Telecommunications.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a US $13 billion (1997) flagship company of Korean-based the Samsung Group, is a world leader in electronics, with operations in more than 60 countries and 85,000 employees Worldwide.

CONTACT:
Jenny Chung
Overseas PR
Corporate Communications
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Seoul HQ, Korea
Tel. 82-2-727-7692
Fax. 82-2-727-7826
Email: jhnee@samsung.co.kr


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