The Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NEC, Nortel WiMAX & Wireless Mesh and Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) for cooperation in WIMAX technology at the 2007 Taipei Summit Asia-Pacific WiMAX Conference & Exhibition. MOEA minister Steve Chen announced that the three companies will work with Taiwan-based partners to develop 4G technology. Additionally, NEC and Nortel will make specific interfaces of their core network systems open to Taiwan-based makers and cooperate with at least two firms to develop advanced technologies of MIMO smart antennae, base stations and 4G communications, Chen said. The government has budgeted USD288 million to boost WiMAX research and development, USD210 billion of which is allocated to the Mobile Taiwan (M-Taiwan) programme. Through M-Taiwan, the three international vendors will deploy trial facilities in Taiwan as a test-bed for their newly developed technologies and applications, the minister added. Furthermore, the WiMAX Forum plans to set up two certification centres in Taiwan. The Forum will authorise two companies in Thailand for certification services, with Advanced Data Technology, Compliance Certification Services, SGS Group, and Telecom Technology Center reportedly vying for the authorisation.