Vibo contracts Redline for 3G network backhaul equipment

21 Nov 2005

Redline Communications is the latest vendor to be contracted by Taiwanese 3G start-up Vibo Telecom ahead of its planned launch of W-CDMA services later this year. Redline will provide its AN-30e units to provide high bandwidth wireless backhaul for Vibo’s 3G infrastructure and additional links to expand its network for nationwide coverage. Redline joins Motorola, Samsung and Ericsson on the project. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Vibo had originally hoped to introduce a commercial service in July 2004 under the brand name T3G, but is now targeting a launch near the year end. Vibo chairman Rock Hsu said his company’s rollout was originally slated to coincide with the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) on 1 January 2005, which it hoped would provide a vital leg-up in luring subscribers away from the big three operators, Chunghwa, Taiwan Cellular and Far EasTone. However, the government’s tardiness in making available a CDMA2000 licence and the non-appearance of MNP has undermined and ultimately delayed its launch.