This year's Samsung 4G Forum will be the first time that all three leading candidates of 4G technology – IEEE 802.16m (Mobile WiMAX), 3GPP2 Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB), and 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) - will be competed and debated against each other in one single location. Each technology will be promoted by Sprint-Nextel, Qualcomm, and T-Mobile, who are known as strong supporters of 4G technology. In the past, individual forums and conferences have been held independently through various organizations to discuss 4G technology. This forum, however, will offer every participant an ample opportunity to openly discuss various 4G technologies helping to reach the common goal of finding the most suitable and efficient way to bring forth the envisioned 4G world.
Two sessions of panel discussions will take place under the subjects of: Impact of WRC-07 on IMT-Advanced Services and Standards, and Visioning IMT-Advanced Services and Technologies. Samsung's dedication and devotion in development of future wireless technologies will be demonstrated during this forum as Samsung 4G Forum marks its fifth anniversary where Samsung 4G Forum has been widely embraced as a successful vehicle to heighten the visibility of 4G technology and its market realization.
In addition to 4G candidate technology evaluation, this forum will provide a crucial opportunity to discuss about the potential spectrum issues of 4G services since its spectrum allocation will be decided at the World Radio communication Conference (WRC) in October 2007. In that respect, Samsung 4G Forum 2007 will serve an important venue to interested participants assessing 4G spectrum allocation as it will be the last time where global experts will gather to map 4G spectrum visions. Speakers will forecast spectrum policies not only from a global perspective but also from a regional perspective. Key presentations will include best mapping strategies between spectrum bands and services, and preferred spectrum bands by each region.
Geesung Choi, President of Samsung's Telecommunications Network business, said: "Taking technology leadership and investing resources in R&D are essential elements to achieve a continuous success in the telecommunications business. We will continue to invest in future technologies and contribute to the standardization efforts for 4G technology to lead the market."
"I am also pleased and proud to host the 5th annual 4G forum and to see how it has been growing in terms of its scale and contribution for the realization of 4G technology and its readiness to the market. Samsung 4G Forum creates a valuable opportunity for gaining new foresights and building business networks with distinguished people under various topics related to 4G Service. And Samsung 4G Forum is expected to make substantial progress in investigating 4G visions and enabling strategies," he added.
Samsung 4G Forum 2007 consists of an intensive two-day conference with relationship and network building sessions and programs. Latest innovative 4G technology demonstrations and exhibitions will also take place. It will offer participants a unique experience to acquire new information, to exchange innovative ideas and to interact with distinguished global experts.
Similar to the previous forum in 2006, the world's first 4G mobile technology will be demonstrated for this year's forum. Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 using a commercial PCMCIA card will be demonstrated for the first time since the technology was first demonstrated by Samsung at 3GSM World Congress earlier this year. Data speed comparisons of existing commercial Mobile WiMAX technology and 4G technology will be showcased through video game applications. Latest Mobile WiMAX terminals and PCMCIA cards will be also exhibited.
4G technology, so called IMT-Advanced, is the most advanced future mobile telecommunication system offering up to 1 Gbps data speed for a stationary environment and 100 Mbps data speed for a mobile environment.