Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET), one of the telecommunications operators in Taiwan, will launch its Mobile WiMAX network from Nortel.
As a participant in the government’s M-Taiwan initiative, FET will offer mobile broadband services across Taipei County. Once deployed, subscribers will be able to use the network to access high bandwidth services such as streaming video, music, IPTV, VoIP, videoconferencing and corporate applications from nearly anywhere using laptop computers or other WiMAX-compatible devices.
“Taiwan has emerged as a leader in the development of an end-to-end WiMAX ecosystem,” said Y.K.Tsai, general manager, Nortel Taiwan. “Far EasTone’s roll-out of WiMAX services will further the government’s M-Taiwan vision of bringing readily accessible mobile broadband to the Taiwanese population. Nortel’s WiMAX solution makes the complex demands of the new era of Hyperconnectivity simple by enabling person-to-person, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communication with secure, high-speed mobile broadband connectivity.”
With more than six million subscribers to its mobile services, FET is one of Taiwan’s largest wireless operators. In addition to FET’s involvement in the M-Taiwan initiative, the company is one of the winners of the WiMAX radiofrequency spectrum in Taiwan’s recent license bid. Taiwan plans to roll out WiMAX commercial services in 2008 with six licenses issued to mobile operators in July 2007.
FET’s network will be built from Nortel’s Mobile WiMAX Solution portfolio with MIMO capability, including 16e Base Stations and an Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway. Nortel will also provide network management services from its Global Services portfolio. Nortel products include mobile technologies that span public and private wireless networks, providing a complete range of solutions to help telecommunications operators deliver the wireless broadband services their customers demand.