Big guns team up for wireless broadband alliance

24 Mar 2003

Five of Asia’s leading telecommunications companies – Korea Telecom, China Netcom, Maxis of Malaysia, Singapore’s StarHub and Australian PTO Telstra – have signed a memorandum of understanding to form the world’s first wireless broadband alliance for the development of WiFi and wireless local area network (WLAN) services. The Wireless Broadband Alliance says it aims to work towards driving up take-up of the service amongst the business traveller community by helping establish a recognised Alliance brand offering reliability and consistency of service quality as well as creating opportunities to utilise cross-networks services such as mobile GPRS and broadband fixed wireless access. The five telcos will use the existing network of 8,600 hotspots located in major airports, business hubs and cyber cafes in each country and plan to expand this number to over 20,000 locations by the end of this year.