A trial WiMAX broadband service is set to be launched in one of Thailand’s most remote provinces, Mae Hong Son in the north of the country, reports The Nation. The so-called WiMAX IT Valley Project is a collaboration between the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), and involves the installation of four WiMAX base stations and customer premises equipment (CPEs) at 45 sites throughout three main districts: Pai, Muang Mae Hong Son and Mae Sariang. The network will be ready for use in May. Jica has provided all the WiMAX equipment for the project, worth THB90 million (USD2.8 million) and has also arranged for the transfer of technologies to Nectec in order to help Thailand develop its own WiMAX equipment. Another trial WiMAX project is ongoing in the mountainous north, involving the deployment of a Cisco-supplied WiMAX network by fixed line telco TT&T at Mae Fah Luang University. Thailand’s National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) is yet to announce a timetable for issuing licences for commercial WiMAX operations.