|Ericsson seeking Korean partners|
Posted: 20-May-2000 [Source: The Korea Herald]
[In a Seoul press conference, Ericsson outlines its plans for Korean partnerships, manufacturing, and technology transfers.]
Seoul, Korea -- "Ericsson, the world leader in W-CDMA (wideband code division multiple access) technology, will work in partnership with local firms to manufacture systems equipment and terminals here.
"In a press briefing yesterday at The Chosun Hotel, in downtown Seoul, Janos Fugedi, president of Ericsson Korea Ltd., disclosed that it is currently in talks with several Korean companies about local partnerships.
"Such partnership, which will include technology transfers, could be just in the infrastructure sector or include the terminal sector as well," said Fugedi, adding that much will depend on how the government decides on the standards issue currently under debate. He emphasized, however, that such partnerships will not only be limited to the W-CDMA sector.
"A final announcement on the partner or partners, as case may be, the method and size of partnership can be expected in about three months, after the government declares the standard and the number of IMT-2000 operators, according to Fugedi.
"The company expects to be able to deliver systems and terminals in Korea at the end of next year, he added.
"Korea which adopted CDMA as the sole standard for its second generation mobile telecom service has yet to decide on whether to adopt cdma2000, an evolution from CDMA, as the single standard or opt for a dual standard to include W-CDMA.
"Although Fugedi said that it would not matter which standard is eventually chosen as Ericsson has all the modes, he hinted that Ericsson is pitching for W-CDMA. "While cdmaOne provides the natural evolutionary path to cdma2000, for the 2GHz IMT-2000, it is natural to choose W-CDMA because it is likely to be the dominant one, accounting for more than 80 percent of the world market," he said. He went on to say that teaming up with Ericsson will improve export opportunities for Korean companies which are already very competitive in the terminal sector.
"More to the point, however, is the fact that Ericsson is in a position to offer lower IPR for W-CDMA than it may be able to do for cdma2000.
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