WiBro is a kind of mobile wireless broadband access. It was created by a South Korean company, and takes off from the same standard as WiMax (IEEE 802.16). However, the key difference is that WiBro is specifically designed to address the need to remain connected to the Internet while the user is on-the-go. In fact, this system can track the receiver as long as he or she remains within a 50 kilometer radius from the base, using a tracking speed of 37 miles per hour (60 km/h). This feature is not available in WiMax.
WIBro is still in its development stage, and it is expected that the system will go through some changes before a final version is released to the public. The South Korean government first allowed KT, SK Telecom and Hanaro Telecom to become the licensed commercial distributors. However, SK Telecom and Hanaro Telecom have both expressed reservations about the profitability of the product and the rate of return of investment. However, KT has expressed its commitment to the project, and has received support from gadget manufacturers like Samsung which would develop devices that would be WiBRo compatible.
WiBro is expected to be a 4G or fourth generation wireless standard. It is a breakthrough once again pioneered by South Korea, which is considered to be one of the world’s most internet-connected countries. South Korea was one of the first to commercialize third generation or 3G phones. Given that its population is naturally predisposed to Internet use, it would make sense for WiBro to test its success on those shores.