19 October 2005

WiMax on Taiwan

In this article plans for island-wide WiMax in Taiwan are discussed. Note the level of government funding ... and spectrum allocation. They claim it is a test, but could it be a "municipal network" in disguise? We are getting close to Halloween, after all ...

I wonder what the incumbent carriers who provide broadband have to say about this? This is framed as a industrial policy -- helping Taiwanese notebook manufacturers. To me this adds weight to my growing belief that a strong motivation behind the municipal networks movement is big business ...


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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

what do you mean by"municipal network in disguise?" and what's the relation between halloween and this?

Martin Weiss said...

If this was really a test, then why is it necessary to cover the entire island? Could this suggest that the government's true intentions go beyond a simple test of WiMax?

As for the reference to Halloween ... it is a tradition in the US for children to dress up in disguises on Halloween.

KuangChiu Huang said...

The ICT infrastructure of Taiwan has been laggard behind other small tigers (South Korea, Singapore, and HongKong) in South-East Asia. Therefore, the ministry of economics (MOE) proposes M -Taiwan for speeding up the development of infrastructure. Integration of WLAN and mobile systems (GSM/GPRS/3G) is one of the goals of M-Taiwan. In this moment, the government believes the advantages of Wimax, high transmission rates and wide coverage, is more suitable than WiFi to be deployed. In addition, the MOE also wishes the island-wide Wimax project, cooperation with Intel, and funding of R&D can nurse Taiwan’s wireless communication industry.