According to Focus Taiwan, the Bureau of High Speed Rail (HSR) has announced that it is set to embark on a TWD500 million (USD17.2 million) joint WiMAX venture with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Industrial Technology Research Institute and an unnamed local telecoms operator; the project aims to eliminate coverage glitches for wireless broadband users travelling on the railway. At present, the high speed of the trains makes it difficult to achieve a smooth signal transition between base stations.
Elsewhere, the DigiTimes reports that WiMAX operator Vee Telecom has been selected to deploy the infrastructure, which will consist of around 100 base stations, covering the entire length of the 360km railway system. Rollout alongside the southern section of the track will be completed by the end of 2011, whilst the northern portion of the network is earmarked for completion by end-2012. Further, Vee Telecom plans to roll out additional WiMAX base stations covering the 51km rapid transit railway between Taoyuan International Airport and downtown Taipei, with investment estimated at TWD300-TWD400 million.