Global Mobile and Fitel bringing WiMAX to Hsinchu

4 Jan 2010

Taiwanese wireless broadband operator Global Mobile has officially launched WiMAX services in Hsinchu City, northern Taiwan, targeting users in the Hsinchu Science Park, DigiTimes reports. Company CEO Rosemary Ho is cited as saying that Global Mobile is currently offering dongles and IADs (integrated access devices) to users and will also include WiMAX-enabled notebooks soon. The company plans to spend an additional TWD3 billion (USD92.6 million) on WiMAX infrastructure over the next three years as it expands its service. The operator will widen its footprint to cover parts of Taipei City in first-quarter 2010, starting from the Neihu Technology Park.

Meanwhile, First International Telecom (Fitel) has signed a contract with Motorola for the purchase of WiMAX base stations and other equipment. The operator plans to install 45 WiMAX base stations in Hsinchu City before the end of February 2010 and then secure an operating licence within one month, the company said. All local WiMAX licensees are required to obtain concessions before the end of the first quarter of 2010 or will lose their rights to run WiMAX networks. Fitel also plans to kick off its commercial WiMAX services in Hsinchu City initially before expanding its WiMAX network coverage into Taipei City, where the company has already installed 52 base stations.