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  • Korea Telecom to Offer User-Friendly ISDN Service
  • January 22, 1999 (SEOUL) -- Korea Telecom said it will offer a new integrated services digital network service that will allow users to access the Internet with the click of a mouse button.
    Current ISDN users have to type in access numbers each time they log on.

    The state-run telecommunications firm said its ISDN subscribers will stay linked to the Internet at a low speed of 9.6kbps.

    Under this new system, emails can be sent on a voice channel (9.6kbps) and larger-sized data can be transferred on a signal channel (64k-128kbps). Channel conversion works automatically, depending on the size of data, the company said.

    Korea Telecom will sell new ISDN terminals for 100,000 won (US$85) to subscribers, while upgrading its ISDN switching systems for the service by the end of June 1999.

    A pilot service will begin in 44 regions across the nation in the second half of 1999.

    User fees will be set at a fixed 30,000 won or 40,000 won a month when using a signal channel, and 50 won for 3 minutes when using a voice channel, the company said.

    (Maeil Business Newspaper, Korea)

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    Updated: Thu Jan 21 14:17:23 1999 PDT