WiMAX 2, the sequel to the movie most people haven't watched, is back to tease and tantalize us courtesy of Samsung's new CEATEC demo. Filling four separate HDTVs with streaming Full HD and 3D content, the Korean manufacturer of everything electronic is touting its latest advance in mobile broadband connectivity that takes the top speed up to 330Mbps. That may only be a third of the theoretical max capability of WiMAX 2, but you know, we'll take it for now. The good news is that Samsung's innovation brew extends only to the conduits between WiMAX devices, meaning that your current-gen transceiver will be able to join the accelerated party as and when Samsung's ready to dish out the goods. With the 802.16m standard expected to be ratified by next month, Samsung projects its first commercial solutions will be landing in late 2011. Consider our calendars marked.
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October 4, 2010

Samsung Shows off 330Mbps Mobile WiMAX in Japan

Seoul (Korea Newswire) October 4, 2010 -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading provider of advanced mobile technology, will reveal its progress in shaping the future of Mobile WiMAX at CEATEC JAPAN 2010, in Tokyo, Japan. With Samsung's developed WiMAX 2 trial system, UQ Communications is demonstrating WiMAX 2 based on IEEE 802.16m with a speed of 330Mbps.

UQ Communications and Samsung are showing Full-HD 3D videos and 16 Full-HD videos on 4 LFD (Large Format Display) TVs at the same time using its WiMAX 2 trial systems and device. To do this, Samsung's commercial Mobile WiMAX base station is used which is currently deployed and operated by major Mobile WiMAX operators around the world.

Mr. Akio Nozaka, President of UQ Communications, said, "It is expected that the demands for Wireless Broadband will exponentially grow. In this regard, the recognition of real worth of Mobile WiMAX, a true 4G technology, will increase not only in Japan but also around the world. Through this demonstration at CEATEC, we aim to show the excellences of new world by Mobile WiMAX, in cooperation with Samsung."

"Technology never stops evolving. As the demand for data bandwidth and speed grows exponentially, technology has needed to respond. Mobile WiMAX opened up the era of Mobile broadband and is already component of many optimized solutions." said Mr. Woonsub Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of the Telecommunication Systems Business of Samsung Electronics.

"We strongly believe WiMAX 2 will deliver even richer communication services to customers while unlocking a potential opportunity for service providers. Through the collaborations with our partners in the WiMAX ecosystem, Samsung has devoted its efforts to developing the most advanced solutions at the right time so that customers can maximize the benefits of using Mobile WiMAX." he added.

WiMAX 2 based on IEEE 802.16m standard enables more efficient, faster, and more converged data communications. WiMAX 2 provides strong integration compatibility with deployed Mobile WiMAX solutions. It also allows current Mobile WiMAX operators to migrate their solutions to WiMAX 2 by upgrading channel cards or their system software. In addition, the subscribers who currently use Mobile WiMAX devices can communicate with new WiMAX 2 systems without difficulty.

WiMAX 2 standards are expected to be finalized by November 2010. Samsung is seeking to take the lead in its rapid commercialization and deployment and show itself to be a leading system and device provider for Mobile WiMAX. Samsung plans to introduce the first commercial solutions of WiMAX 2 in the end of 2011.

Samsung is a prominent player in the Mobile WiMAX industry, providing its market-proven equipment to 57 Mobile WiMAX operators in 36 countries.

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Samsung showing off 330Mbps WiMAX 2 mobile broadband over at CEATEC 2010