Taiwan: WiMax launch by region – a stumbling block

Taiwan-based WiMAX players are worried about the lag in service introductions between the northern and southern Taiwan regions will become an obstacle to a major take-off in the adoption of WiMAX services, according to market sources.

Following the inauguration of its WiMAX services on the offshore Penghu island in April, Tatung InfoComm will also kick off its commercial WiMAX operations in the southern port city of Kaohsiung early next month.

Meanwhile, Vee Telecom Multimedia will launch WiMAX services on a trial basis in central Taiwan in September, with official launch set in the fourth quarter of 2009.

On the other hand, Vmax Telecom and Global Mobile, the two WiMAX licensees for northern part of Taiwan, are currently building up their networks for the Taipei and Hsinchu areas, respectively. The two companies both plan to inaugurate their WiMAX services in the second half of the year.

The time lag in the deployments of WiMAX networks by licensees in northern and southern Taiwan will prevent WiMAX operators from offering related services such as roaming at the same time, and this could hamper the promotion of WiMAX services in Taiwan.

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