WiMAX rollouts begin for Tatung and Fitel

3 Jun 2008

Taiwanese WiMAX licensee Tatung InfoComm has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a wireless broadband network in Penghu County. The 802.16e mobile WiMAX network marks the first phase of Tatung’s wider rollout and will cover 70% of the county’s territory. ‘Penghu County is one of the initial locations to benefit from our massive WiMAX deployment plan for Taiwan as we move to offer this advanced mobile service to people and businesses throughout the country,’ said Peter Yen, President of Tatung InfoComm. Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will supply a full range of 802.16e radio access network equipment and core network elements, as well as an operation administration management system. It also will provide deployment and project management expertise. Equipment manufacturer Tatung was one of three firms awarded a licence covering southern Taiwan in July last year; another three companies hold concessions in the north of the country.

Separately, one of the northern licensees, First International Telecom (Fitel), has revealed that it is using Starent Networks’ solutions as part of its WiMAX network rollout in Taipei. The telco is deploying Starent Networks’ ST16 multimedia core platform for Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway and Home Agent functionality in its WiMAX network. The rollout is part of the government’s M-Taiwan programme to promote broadband take-up.