Samsung opens 4G technology forum

IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. kicked off a two-day private forum on fourth-generation (4G) mobile telecommunications technology on Monday, according to the company.

The meeting, dubbed the Samsung 4G Forum 2004, is taking place on the South Korean resort island of Cheju and brings together around 120 people from academia, standards setting bodies, telecommunication equipment makers and telecommunication carriers, said Cho Sung-In, a company spokeswoman.

Attendees were all invited by Samsung and discussion will center on standards and technology for 4G systems, she said. Samsung holds 220 patents relating to 3G and more advanced wireless technologies, said Cho.

The company held a similar event last year and anticipates it becoming an annual meeting in the run-up to the standardization and commercialization of 4G systems, which is expected around the end of this decade. Samsung imagines 4G wireless technology will support data transmission at speeds of up to 1G bps (bits per second) while stationary and 100M bps while moving, she said.

Samsung is not the only company holding such events. In 2002 Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc. held the first of its own 4G technology summits and brought together representatives of major telecommunication and electronics companies. The Japanese carrier was one of the first in the world to launch third-generation (3G) wireless services and is already working on 4G technology.

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