Taiwan’s largest fixed line and cellular operator Chunghwa Telecom has announced that it is to deploy a regional WiMAX wireless broadband network. The system will cover the mountainous region of Nantou County in central Taiwan and is part of the government’s M-Taiwan initiative, which is aimed at boosting the penetration of high speed internet services. The geography of the area means communications networks are currently limited, but the new WiMAX system will enable Chunghwa to offer broadband internet and voice-over-IP telephony services, plus support for healthcare, education and business users. The network is being supplied by Israeli vendor Alvarion and will combine WiMAX systems with Wi-Fi hotspots. The first services are due to go live later this month.