Bus Ride

SEOUL, Aug 31, 2006 (AFP) – South Korea’s high-tech giant Samsung Electronics on Thursday unveiled the world’s first fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology with a demonstration on a bus. Samsung said the new technology, an upgraded version of existing wireless communications platforms, would enable users to download 100 MP3 music files in less than 3 seconds — even when the consumer is in motion.

Samsung held a demonstration on a bus travelling at speeds of up to 60 kilometres (36 miles) per hour during a forum on the southern island of Jeju.

A live broadcast of the forum, VOD, and internet access was shown simultaneously in the bus allowing people to experience the stability and speed of 4G connectivity of 100Mbps data speed, the company said.

Compared with wireless broadband called WiBro, 4G technologies will guarantee a faster and more seamless transmission of data and other multimedia content, it said.

Wibro, a third-generation communications tool, offers internet speeds of 2-3 megabits per second to a user who is moving at up to 120 kilometers per hour. South Korea started commercial WiBro service in June.

With the 4G technology, people can view multi-channel hi