S. Korea starts mobile broadband

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On Friday South Korea became the first country to launch mobile high-speed Internet, which gives users Internet access while traveling.

The WiBro (wireless broadband) service offered by KT Corp. and SK Telecom uses a handover technology developed by Samsung to provide uninterrupted access when moving between zones.

Although initially limited to parts of downtown and suburban Seoul, the technology will provide blanket coverage of Seoul and surrounding cities by early 2007. S.K. plans to invest upwards of $800 million in WiBro over the next five years.

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