Samsung to expand Mobile WiMAX In Asia

SEOUL, Korea (AVING) — <Visual News> Samsung Electronics today announced that it has won additional mobile WiMAX supply contracts from UQ Communications Inc., the Japan-based Mobile WiMAX service provider. Further expanding its industry presence in Asia, Samsung also announced it has joined the WiMAX Centre of Excellence, which is led by YTL Communications, the Malaysian Mobile WiMAX service provider.

As UQ Communications’ primary Mobile WiMAX equipment vendor, Samsung has already successfully deployed Mobile WiMAX networks in the major metropolitan centers of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. UQ Communications launched commercial Mobile WiMAX service in July 2009. Based on its strong partnership with UQ Communications Inc, Samsung was awarded additional supply contracts for Mobile WiMAX base stations for delivery early next year.

UQ Communications is invested by six independent companies in Japan, including KDDI Corporation, Japan’s second largest mobile service provider, Intel Capital Corporation, East Japan Railway Company, KYOCERA Corporation and others. UQ Communications Inc obtained its license for mobile WiMAX service from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in December 2007.

Continuing its leadership in the industry, Samsung also announced that it joined the WiMAX Innovation Network in Malaysia, led by YTL Communications. Other global companies in the WiMAX industry such as Clearwire, Cisco, and GCT Semiconductor also participate in the program.

The WiMAX Innovation Network encourages and supports the development of Mobile WiMAX applications and products, and has been created to build a “WiMAX Centre of Excellence” in Kuala Lumpur.