1) Tend to zero for the many who were involved in developing GSM - ALL the main switching suppliers (and I mean all!). Others were shut out. The Japanese tried to do the same things and approached Europe with an alternative technology...GSM won out, even in Asia.
2) It could be argued that without Korea there would be NO cdmaOne. I agree Korean telecom industry has come on leaps and bounds because of cdma, but I would also redirect to the sentence that proceeds this.
I do take that the most valid point (for me) is that of Korean companies taking on GSM. Agree it would be difficult, but with Korea's manufacturing base they supply a lot of component parts to the GSM club, so an opportunity did indeed exist in obtaining cross-license and other deals.
I can see the Koreans' problem with Dr. J. offering them the same deal as the Chinese. The problem, which I haven't seen mentioned anywhere yet, is that royalties on the Korean internal market are for a market which is well penetrated already. The Chinese market is essentially an open pasture for CDMA manufacturers, so royalties should be substantially lower for Chinese manufacturers selling to the internal Chinese market because those sales are bound to be substantial and therefore quite profitable to Q.
The real problem is that the Koreans want to re-write history, which is not possible.
The Koreans are in the GSM big time and getting bigger. I believe that on the handset side, 46% of Samsung's unit volume is now GSM. Although they may be having problems with the initial model (which is very late relative to their release promises) that GPRS model looks pretty darned good and they have more to follow.
They will of course be providing VoiceStream with the Microsoft based 'stinger' (some one of these years).
In preparation for 3GSM, LG got into the game even earlier than Samsung on the infra side.
Ouch! the Asians are Coming! the Asians are Coming!