The Taiwanese WiMAX licences holder WiMAX Telecom says it expects to name its equipment supplier next month, with a commercial launch likely in the third quarter of this year. A report from DigiTimes says the company plans to choose two suppliers from five contenders, with one of these likely to be its major shareholder, Tecom. WiMAX Telecom says its initial deployment will incorporate 300 base stations in the Taipei area, with the full network eventually including 1,100 base stations and covering the whole of northern Taiwan.
Meanwhile, another WiMAX licensee in northern Taiwan, First International Telecom (Fitel), says it is installing 450 WiMAX base stations in the Taipei and Hsinchu areas as part of the government’s Mobile Taiwan (M-Taiwan) programme. The infrastructure will be incorporated into Fitel’s own WiMAX network once it launches commercial services early next year.