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NEC launches mobile WiMAX trial in Taiwan

Posted: 10 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NEC Taiwan? mobile WiMAX trial? WiMAX application services?

NEC Corp. recently commenced a full-scale mobile WiMAX trial with Tatung Company, a major Taiwan conglomerate company that runs manufacturing, sales of CE and LCDs, as well as ISP business. The trial marks the first project to be conducted by NEC outside of Japan, and will continue until September 2007.

NEC received the order for the trial system in January and worked in collaboration with Tatung to prepare for implementation of the trial in Hualien city, in the eastern part of Taiwan. Hualien plans to utilize the system for tourism and medical services in the future.

NEC demonstrated Internet access and video streaming service, which achieved 6Mbps throughput per user. It also verified the performance of NEC's WiMAX system by realizing smooth handover between base stations and stable in-vehicle access while running. As a result, Tatung plans to acquire an official WiMAX business license in June.

This trial was conducted as part of the "M-Taiwan" project, a national project to establish a networked information society and to cultivate IT-related industries in the domestic market. Taiwan aims to upgrade its IT infrastructure based on wireless broadband application technology and cultivate domestic industries related to WiMAX, including application services, which are one of the major objectives of this project.

NEC signed a memorandum of understanding with a Taiwan's affiliated organization in February as part of the M-Taiwan project to cooperate with Taiwanese hardware and software industries in the development of WiMAX related products and applications.

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