Fitel tests WiMAX

1 Dec 2006

Taiwanese PHS mobile operator First International Telecom (Fitel) says it is setting up a trial WiMAX network in Taipei. The initial phase will see up to 30 base stations installed across the city, although it will be commencing its trial with just five base stations in the east of Taipei. Funding for the project is coming from the government’s Mobile Taiwan (M-Taiwan) programme, reports DigiTimes. Fitel estimates that it would take around 200 base stations to provide full WiMAX coverage of central Taipei, and up to 700 to cover the whole Taipei metropolitan area. Nortel will be supplying the first five base stations, with Motorola contracted for another five. The remainder will come from one of these two firms or from Alcatel, Fitel says.