Taiwan delays award of national WiMAX licence

16 Dec 2009

According to a report by DigiTimes, the Taiwanese government has decided to delay a tender to issue national WiMAX concessions, as the six regional licensees have fallen behind schedule in the deployment of WiMAX services. The state is reportedly also in doubt of whether there is sufficient demand to warrant a national operator. To date, just two of the six regional operators, Tatung InfoComm and Global Mobile, have obtained operating licences, while the remaining four – Far EasTone (FET), Vmax Telecom, Vee Telecom and First International Telecom (Fitel) – are either waiting for, or in the process of applying for, their respective licences. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, incumbent operator Chunghwa has been considered a front-runner for a national concession, having failed to secure a regional licence in the state’s mid-2007 tender. Although more recently the company has been vocal about its plans to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology as its 4G platform.