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Wi-Fi Alliance® Welcomes New Sponsor Members
Posted: 17-May-2011 [Source: Wi-Fi Alliance]

[Huawei, LG and Samsung become Sponsor members of the Wi-Fi Alliance.]

Austin, TX -- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., LG Electronics, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. have become Sponsor members of the Wi-Fi Alliance, and each has appointed a Director to the organization's Board. The technology leaders join Apple, Atheros, Broadcom, Cisco, Comcast, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Nokia, Sony Corporation, T-Mobile and Texas Instruments as Sponsor members of the nearly 400-member Wi-Fi Alliance.

"Our Sponsor membership represents a strong cross-section of the industry -- from makers of consumer goods and networking equipment, to service providers and appliance manufacturers," said Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Adding Huawei, LG and Samsung to our Sponsor member roster helps us keep pace of where the industry is going and continue to deliver the best user experience on Wi-Fi® devices."

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global industry group of service providers, equipment makers and software companies, devoted to the proliferation of Wi-Fi technology. Its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ product logo and testing program was launched in March 2000 and provides a widely-recognized seal of interoperability and security, designating products with the best user experience. The Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 10,000 product certifications.

"Wi-Fi is a crucial part of our strategy to provide customers network access whenever they need it," said Dr. Wen Tong, wireless CTO of Huawei North America. "Wi-Fi technology is taking center stage as a network access technology. We are committed to support the Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs and are excited to help lead the organization toward continued fulfillment of its mission."

"Wi-Fi technology is a critical feature in many of the popular products we develop and our Wi-Fi product portfolio continues to expand," said Dr. Byoung-Hoon Kim, research fellow (VP) of LG Electronics. "The Wi-Fi Alliance provides a very important collaborative environment for the future of the technology so we are pleased to be able to increase our contribution to the organization's objectives."

"With Wi-Fi technology in our appliances, consumer electronics, handsets and more, the user experience is paramount," said Joonho Park, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of Standards and Technology Enabling Team, Samsung Electronics. "The interoperability assurance provided by Wi-Fi CERTIFIED is a critical ingredient in Wi-Fi technology's usefulness for our customers worldwide, and we are pleased to invest more significantly in the organization that drives a continued benchmark of quality."

New Directors joining the Wi-Fi Alliance Board are:

* Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.: Dr. Wen Tong, Wireless CTO, N.A. and Dr. Peiying Zhu, Senior Director, Wireless Research and Standards

* LG Electronics Inc.: Dr. Byoung-Hoon Kim, Research Fellow (VP), and Mr. Jae-Hyung Song, Senior Research Engineer

* Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.: Joonho Park, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Head of Standards and Technology Enabling Team, and Rakesh Taori, Director, Standards and Technology Enabling Team

The new Sponsor members are active participants in the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Directors are active in the Board effective immediately.

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