Unwired

Written by admin on April 10, 2008 – 4:23 pm -

Today is my day off and I’m posting this wirelessly from a coffee shop. I could be using any of the numerous free WiFi hotspots that litter Seoul but this time I’m connected to the net by Korea Telecom’s Wibro network.

South Korea is one of the first countries to commercially launch Wibro or WiMax as it is officially called. So what the heck is Wibro anyway and why do I need it? In a nutshell Wibro is a wireless data service which allows you to connect to internet with more bandwidth than current 3G, in theory this will provide clearer voip, video streaming, surfing which I will take up in a future post.

With the help of my Korean colleague I signed up online and received my uicc or sim card in 3 days. There are various devices that are Wibro capable such as Laptops, USB Wibro modems, UMPC’s, Smartphones and PMP (Personal Media Player), my device is the Samsung Q1-Ultra , it’s basically an Ultra Micro PC that runs Windows XP. 

The install was virtually painless for me, I downloaded the KT Wibro Connection Manager for my device from the KT website and installed it, after the install I shutdown the UMPC. I then inserted the sim card into its slot on the UMPC and powered up.

Upon rebooting the KT CM (Connection Manager) started up automatically and indicated that it was connected to the Wibro Network.

Now that I was online, first order of business was to check my new connection speed by firing up the browser and going to my favorite speedtest site.

I got almost 3Mbps on the upload and 1Mbps on the download with a latency of 195 ms. Not bad at all considering most wired broadband connections in South East Asia max out at 2Mbps with the exception of Singapore and Hongkong. Comparatively you get about 300 kbps – 700 kbps on 3G, HSDPA or CDMA EVDO.

Nuff of this geeky stuff, the only reason I posted this is because a Wibro connection allows for a truly wireless broadband experience and will be the foundation of all the other cool stuff I’ll be posting later on.


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