Taiwan tie-up to reduce WiMAX costs

30 Sep 2008

Reports from Taiwan suggest that the country’s six WiMAX licensees are looking to co-operate to procure WiMAX equipment jointly to help reduce costs. A report from CENS says representatives of the six firms – Fitel, Far EasTone, Global Mobile, Vastar Cable, Tatung Infocomm and VMAX Telecom – met recently to discuss an arrangement under which they will approach equipment vendors with the hope of receiving volume discounts. A spokesperson for Vastar told CENS that with the improved bargaining power they would hope to be able to halve the usual TWD2 million (USD62,500) cost of a WiMAX base station.