South Korea Allows WiBro VoIP

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South Korea Allows WiBro VoIP

wibro-korea.jpgSouth Korea, who I have criticized several times over their blocking of third-party VoIP providers like Vonage and blocking U.S. military from using VoIP, has announced they plan to allow VoIP on WiBro (wireless broadband). WiBro is essentially the Korean version of mobile WiMax.

So far WiBro has had a slow disappointing uptake. The Korean Communications Commission (KCC), Korea's broadband and telecommunications regulator, decided to allow WiBro to support VoIP, which could give WiBro the shot it needs.

KCC is also considering granting a license to a company to voice calls over WiBro as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), leasing the networks of KT and SK Telecom.

According to the Korean Times, "Delivering quadruple play services that package broadband Internet, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), cable television services and wireless services is something to think about," said Yoo Se-joon, president of the Korean Cable TV Association.

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