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LG enters mobile WiMax market

Wireless technology for Tablets and PDAs

South Korea's LG Electronics plans to introduce a range of products next year that support mobile WiMax technology, a company executive said at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2006 exhibition in Hong Kong.

The first products from LG to support mobile WiMax will be a version of the company's XNote C1 Tablet PC and a PDA based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 software, said Nam Keehyun, manager at LG Electronics' Digital Media Strategic Planning Department.

Mobile WiMax offers downlink speeds up to 10.2Mbps, which is expected to increase to 40Mbps or so next year. The technology is currently commercially available in South Korea and Japan. It’s also being tested by operators in other countries and plans are underway to roll out the technology in the US. and China.

The XNote C1 with mobile WiMax will also include support for 3G networks that have been upgraded with HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology, which allows faster downloads. The new notebook will be available worldwide during the first half of the year, Nam said.

Looking ahead, LG plans to expand the number of products that support mobile WiMax. For example, the company is considering the introduction of an Ultramobile PC with mobile WiMax support, but such a device would not likely be available before 2008, Nam said.

Telecom World runs through Friday.


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