Secom and Matsushita to offer WiMAX services with UQ

20 Aug 2008

Japanese firms Matsushita Electric Industrial and securities service company Secom are amongst a group of companies looking to offer a range of next generation wireless broadband services from spring 2009, the Nikkei daily writes. It is understood that Matsushita intends to sell notebook computers and car-navigation systems capable of connecting with the new WiMAX networks currently under construction, while Secom is considering the rollout of a real-time video surveillance service that will allow parents to monitor their children’s whereabouts via a computer screen, the Nikkei said. The two companies are looking to lease access from WiMAX network operator UQ Communications, a joint venture between Kyocera Corp, KDDI Corp and others. UQ and domestic PHS operator Willcom are both working on the deployment of their WiMAX-based networks. Formerly known as Wireless Broadband Planning KK, UQ Communications last month began sourcing suppliers of WiMAX CPE (consumer premise equipment) products in Taiwan. UQ plans to purchase express data cards, USB network cards, WiMAX gateways, among other items, from Taiwan network-equipment makers, local press reported. The broadband wireless networks can deliver data speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Japan, KDDI (au)