Chunghwa Telecom has confirmed that it plans to bid for one of Taiwan’s six regional WiMAX concessions which are being auctioned later this year. Three licences are being offered in the northern region and three will cover the south of the country; the firm says it has not decided in which region it will compete. It says it will bid for a regional concession since the award of national licences is still two years away.
Meanwhile, local equipment manufacturer Alcatel Taisel has been selected as Chunghwa’s supplier for a small-scale WiMAX deployment in Taoyuan County in northern Taiwan, providing 33 base stations to create high speed wireless internet links to ten business parks in the area. Taisel said it beat of a bid from Nortel, which is already working with Chunghwa on another small-scale deployment which is part of the government’s M-Taiwan initiative to expand the availability of broadband services in rural areas.