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Old 11-05-2006, 04:55 PM
John Navas
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Default NEWS: HSDPA in South Korea

South Korea is well known as a nation of broadband addicts and soon
the speeds people enjoy at home will be available while they are out
and about.

In Seoul a technology with the formidable name of High Speed Downlink
Packet Access (HSDPA) is behind this boost to wireless speeds. It
piggybacks on the 3G cellular networks, but HDSPA has been especially
tweaked to give speeds which are about three to four times faster
than regular 3G.

In South Korea it is in much wider use than most other places, and
consequently it is one of the first places in the world where people
are actually beginning to use it.

But the Koreans do not rest on their laurels, they have other
technologies in their sights for high-speed mobile broadband.



Mobile features

There are lots of other cool mobile stuff going on here too,
especially in the new generation of handsets.

You can take your pick from 10-megapixel camera phones, to bespoke
phones with elementary mixing for budding teenage DJs.

If you have got more serious musical inclinations, a fancy candybar
phone should see you right, with a whopping 8GB in its hard drive -
enough for 2000 tracks.

Also competing for your attention on the handset is a virtual pooch,
who responds according to affection you bestow, and if you happen
across a similar phone owner you can cross-breed a puppy and then
give it up for adoption to another user.

Then there are the handsets with built-in motion sensors, so you can
play games, make music or enhance the core functions of the phone -
like speed dialling by waving your arms in the air.

Arguably less gimmicky is a phone with a built-in breathalyser, which
checks you are not over the limit if you have been out drinking.

Trailblazing TV

Outshining all of those have got to be phones with great hi-res
screens, where you can watch several dozen channels of TV content in
amazingly decent quality.

The pictures come courtesy of a technology called DMB - Digital
Multimedia Broadcasting - which is now being watched by over a
million Koreans since its launch last year.

Depending on the handset you can pick up either a free terrestrial
service or a premium satellite offering. Definitely a trailblazer for
the rest of the world to watch in awe.

It should come as no great surprise that the Koreans are already
thinking about 4G networks which will deliver blisteringly fast

In a recent display of mobile muscle, a few Samsung execs were given
a taste of things to come - a 100 megabit stream of data whilst
moving at 60 kph.

That is enough for video on demand, a live broadcast, and web surfing

And that is not all - when they were stationary it was 10 times
faster, enough for 32 HD channels of streaming video at the same


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