Taiwanese telcos reveal WiMAX plans

24 Apr 2009

Tatung InfoComm has announced that it will become the first operator to formally launch mobile WiMAX services in Taiwan, commencing operations on the Penghu islands on 27 April 2009. On Monday Tatung launched an experimental WiMAX network covering Tatung University in the capital Taipei, aimed at fostering research into wireless broadband technologies. Tatung plans to expand coverage to Kaohsiung County, Pingdong County and Hualien County in the second half of 2009.

Meanwhile, Taipei Times has reported that Taiwan’s third largest mobile operator, Far EasTone will offer WiMAX for free during a two-month pilot in central Taiwan. The public will be able to test the service at Far EasTone’s outlets in Taichung or at booths set up near Feng Chia University. The company plans to launch the service by the end of the year.

Global Mobile and Vee Telecom, which are due to launch their WiMAX services in September and December 2009 respectively, have scheduled a press conference today to announce details of a technological collaboration with US-based WiMAX specialist Clearwire.