FET pushes back WiMAX launch

9 Jun 2008

The Taiwanese mobile operator and WiMAX licensee Far EasTone (FET) says it will not now be launching its wireless broadband networks until the second half of next year. It originally intended to debut its WiMAX networks at the end of this year or in early 2009, but says that it has faced problems with the siting of new base stations. A report from DigiTimes quotes FET chairman Douglas Hsu, who has called on Taiwan’s dominant fixed line and cellular operator, Chunghwa Telecom, to open its sites to allow for the co-location of WiMAX infrastructure. FET is one of three firms with a WiMAX licence covering southern Taiwan, while another three companies have concessions in the north of the country.