|As Internet telephony, or voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), service is gaining steam, about a dozen communication equipment makers are gearing up to develop WIFI, or wireless VoIP, phones.
WIFI phones can be used as portable phones like mobile handsets in regions where wireless LAN services such as 'Nespot' of KT and 'HanaFos Wing' of Hanaro Telecom are provided.
While the early market for VoIP phones has been dominated by multinationals such as Avaya and Cisco Systems, domestic companies, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Uni Data Communication Systems, Ubistar, Addpac Technology, Acrowave, C&S Technology and Moimstone, have already developed or are developing WIFI phones.
Industry experts say demand for WIFI phones is growing in line with steady penetration of wireless VoIP service. "With launch of broadband convergence network (BcN) service, increasing number of communication gear manufacturers are struggling to develop WIFI handsets. We anticipate that new WIFI phones will replace existing mobile handsets as they displaced fixed-line phones in the past," said Seo Chun-gil, CEO of Ubistar.
Uni Data Communication Systems (http://www.udcsystems.co.kr) is supplying its WIFI phones to Hanaro Telecom for a pilot wireless VoIP service being offered in a district in Seoul. Earlier, Uni Data also provided WIFI phones to Hanaro Telecom for the latter's in-house test service.
Monday, October 10, 2005 By Hong Ki-beom