Fitel to introduce WiMAX services on 9 September

8 Sep 2010

Taiwanese WiMAX licensee First International Telecom (Fitel) will belatedly launch its WiMAX network on 9 September, reports the DigiTimes. The long-awaited service will be available in Hsinchu City in northern Taiwan this week, with plans to extend the service to Taipei before the end of the year. Fitel is the last Taiwanese WiMAX licensee to begin operations, having been beaten to the market by Tatung InfoComm, Global Mobile, and Vee Time. Fitel has reportedly established 45 base stations in Hsinchu, which will eventually rise to 80. In the capital, Fitel has rolled out 52 base stations to date, and plans to join the roaming services trial initiated by the rival WiMAX providers later this year. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Fitel was awarded one of six regional 2.5GHz WiMAX licences in July 2007, winning a permit covering the north of the country. In 2008 Fitel ran WiMAX trials using 30 base stations in Taipei, only to put its launch plans on hold as debts mounted, and the company sought to reorganise its corporate structure. In March 2010 Fitel secured an operating licence from the National Communications Commission (NCC), without which it would have had to surrender its licence.