November 08, 2006 in Mobile News

SAMSUNG Electronics and TVA Signs a Contract to Bring Mobile WiMAX Service to Brazil


Seoul, Korea, November 8th, 2006: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Korea based leading telecom systems and mobile phone provider, and TVA Sistema de Televisao S.A, an innovative communication service provider in Brazil, signed a contract on Wednesday (November 1st, 2006) to commercialize Mobile WiMAX platform in the city of Curitiba, Brazil.



TVA plans to commercialize Mobile WiMAX services in Curitiba first, Parana State in south of Brazil, from 1st half of 2007. Access will be extended to other Brazilian cities over next years.



According to the contract, Samsung will supply base stations and other system hardware and Mobile WiMAX modems initially and in the near future provide PCMCIA cards and terminals for service portability.



Samsung has already begun to deploy this Mobile WiMAX platform in Venezuela and will bring this platform to Brazil, Latin America’s largest market. Mobile WiMAX platform offers wireless high-speed data communications on the move complying with IEEE 802.16e standard. In addition to mobility and portability, WiMAX platform also brings low cost data transmission to the Brazilian users.



"WiMAX will revolutionize broadband as it changes the service's consumption habits, incorporating portability into the personal broadband concept”, said Virgilio Amaral, Technology & Strategy Director of TVA.



Kwansoo Lee, Executive Vice President of Telecommunication Systems Division, Samsung Electronics explained significance of the partnership. “Samsung is very excited for the debut of our next generation technology in Latin America. TVA’s initiative to bring Mobile WiMAX commercial is an important step to the globalization of this newest technology.”



Mobile WiMAX service had been launched in Korean market in May 2006 and is expanding to other worldwide markets. Samsung is now supplying equipment and is supporting to commercialize the technology in Europe (the UK, Italy and Croatia), North America (the U.S.), South America (Venezuela and now Brazil) and Asia (Japan). From next year, many people around the world will be able to access Mobile WiMAX services.



About TVA

TVA was the first company to offer the "triple-play" concept, providing subscription TV (TVA), broadband Internet (Ajato), and VoIP (TVA Voz) to its users. Pioneer in offering subscription TV services, it commenced its activities in Brazil in 1991. It uses two transmission technologies: cable (analogic and digital) and MMDS (analogic and digital). It currently operates in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Foz do Iguacu, and Balneario Camboriu. For more information, please visit www.tva.com.br



About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5 billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 120 offices in 57 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 global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs.

For more information, please visit www.samsung.com


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