VMAX opts for Alvarion while other WiMAX ops face delays

7 Jan 2009

WiMAX equipment vendor Alvarion has been chosen by VMAX Telecom of Taiwan for a wireless broadband network deployment. The 2.5GHz mobile WiMAX rollout will begin in Taoyuan and Hsinchu counties. The new network will enable VMAX Telecom to provide wireless IP services such as voice, data, video and gaming, bringing the best of mobile broadband to Northern Taiwan. ‘VMAX Telecom strongly believes in WiMAX as the best way to provide our customers the most advanced mobile broadband services available,’ said Teddy Huang, CEO of VMAX Telecom. ‘We are looking forward to being the first operator to commercially deploy mobile WiMAX in Northern Taiwan. Subscriber growth is expected to reach 500,000 in five years,’ he added. VMAX was one of three firms awarded 2.5GHz licences for northern Taiwan in July 2007; another three operators have concessions covering the south of the island. Its shareholders include Tecom, Vibo Telecom, Intel Capital and Teco Electric & Machinery.

Separately, the United Evening News has reported that some of Taiwan’s WiMAX licensees are postponing their planned launches due to difficulty raising funds during the current global financial crisis. It claims that Global Mobile Corp now hopes to start operating in July, while Far EasTone, which originally hoped to launch last year, is now looking at a 2H 2009 switch-on.