April 12, 2005 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Elected to WiMAX Forum

SEOUL, Korea – April 12, 2005 - Samsung Electronics,
a leading wireless communications company, was elected to the Board of
Directors of the WiMAX Forum, the highest body of the broadband wireless
product nonprofit organization. The announcement was made at the WiMAX
Forum face-to-face meeting held in Spain.
The company, which joined the WiMAX Forum last December, was unanimously
elected as a new board member and is expected to make a bigger contribution
to the shared mission to develop a global standard for broadband wireless
access with its heightened role within the WiMAX Forum.



The WiMax Forum is an industry-led, nonprofit corporation formed to promote
and certify compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products
based on the IEEE 802.16 standard. The WiMAX Forum was formed in 2001
by leading communication operators, communication components and equipment
companies and semiconductor makers in order to promote compatibility and
interoperability of broadband wireless access technology. Currently, 240
member companies participate in the Forum, including most notably Intel,
Fujitsu and Alcatel.
The WiMAX Forum supports and promotes the Institute for Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standard 802.16, a technical standard for
broadband wireless access of the IEEE, and is seeking to develop the existing
fixed standard (802.16d) into a mobilized standard (802.16e).
WiBro, which South Korean companies are expected to commercialize for
the first time in the world, is also based on the IEEE’s mobilized
technical standard (802.16e), allowing WiBro to be compatible with mobile
WiMAX. Samsung Electronics successfully performed the first WiBro demonstration
late last year.
Samsung Electronics vice president Joonho Park, who will represent Samsung
on the board, said, “With Samsung Electronics’ latest advance
into the WiMax Forum’s Board of Directors, standardization of mobile
WiMax (WiBro) will be actively pursued.”


About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies
with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3
billion. Employing approximately 123,000 people in 93 offices in 48 countries,
the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business,
Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication
Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung
Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs,
memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com
.


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