Taiwanese cellco Far EasTone (FET) has awarded yet another WiMAX wireless broadband infrastructure contract. Following hot on the heels of deals with Motorola and Nortel Networks, FET has now contracted Alcatel-Lucent to provide a 802.16e mobile WiMAX network which covers the main highway between Taipei and Taoyuan international airport. The contract award follows a successful field trial in July 2007. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will supply FET with its end-to-end mobile WiMAX solution, including base stations, access controllers, core network, and operation and maintenance centre. The vendor will also provide network design, installation, commissioning and optimisation services for the project. The network is expected to be in operation in early 2008.
FET was one of six winners of regional 2.5GHz WIMAX licences auctioned by the government in July this year. It has still to announce its main equipment supplier for its regional network, with the recent deals with Motorola, Nortel and Alcatel-Lucent coming as part of the government’s M-Taiwan project to improve broadband connectivity across the island. Alcatel-Lucent claims to be the leading supplier of WiMAX equipment, with more than 70 pilots and deployments across the world and 15 commercial contracts signed since the beginning of 2007.