According to CENS.com, Taiwanese WiMAX operator Global Mobile plans to merge with fellow wireless broadband operator Tatung InfoComm, as the country’s operators seek to turn around their waning fortunes. Earlier this month it was reported that Vee Telecom (TIME) was set to acquire a 58% stake in its fellow WiMAX operator VMAX Telecom. Global Mobile chairperson Rosemary Ho admitted that consolidation among the island’s WiMAX players is inevitable, although Tatung InfoComm general manager IC Tseng claimed that he has yet to be informed of any such deal.
In June 2011 Taiwan’s largest IT association, the Taipei Computer Association (TCA) – which boasts 4,000-plus corporate members – urged the country’s WiMAX providers to merge operations in order to spearhead growth. Taiwan currently has six licensed WiMAX operators, namely: Global Mobile, VMAX Telecom, Far EasTone (FET), First International Telecom (Fitel), Tatung InfoComm and Vee Telecom (TIME). However, the country’s combined WiMAX subscriber base stood at just 58,300 at end-March 2011, casting doubts over the long-term viability of the wireless platform.