Telecom Italia, Samsung to launch WiBro in 2007

Telecom Italia's mobile unit TIM and Samsung said they plan to launch WiBro services offering 20 Mbps in 2007. The companies recently announced plans to trial WiBro at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino, Italy. TIM is looking to pick up a greater mobile market share and make up for weak revenues from Telecom Italia's fixed-line division. The company claims to be the first in Europe to test WiBro, South Korea's homegrown version of the 802.16 standard. WiBro competes directly with Europe's HiperMAN implementation of 802.16 from the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI).

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- see this article from Dow Jones