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Chances of delay rising in IMT-2000 launch
Posted: 22-May-2001 [Source: The Korea Herald]

[Possible delay expected due to delay in development of local equipment and lack of handsets.]

by H.S. Shine -- "Despite operators' strong denials, the possibility of a delay in the launch of IMT-2000, or 3G (generation), telecom services is increasing.

"Shim Hak-dong, an analyst at Hyundai Securities, said yesterday that a delay in the launch of IMT-2000 services scheduled for next May seems inevitable given the enormous financial burden on operators.

"He said that the delay could be much longer than expected.

"The government estimated that each operator will need 1.2 trillion won ($930 million) to provide the services. But that figure only took equipment into account. Taking software into account, the cost will swell to 6 trillion won," he said.

"Shim estimated that some 2 trillion won will be required for equipment development and 4 trillion won for software including contents.

"In an effort to introduce the services as scheduled, Korea Telecom (KT) ICOM, which was given the right to deploy 3G networks based on the W-CDMA (wide code-division multiple access) standard along with SK IMT last year, recently sent requests for proposals to equipment makers.

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