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Taiwan’s VMAX Likely to Get Investment From Intel Capital to Deploy Mobile Network
|22 ноября 2008|
Investment Expected to Be Worth About US$11.5 Million: VMAX Aims to Be First Operator to Deploy a 2.5GHz WiMAX Network in Asia Pacific
Intel Capital, the global investment organization of Intel Corp., intends to invest about NT$386 million (US$11.5 million) in Taiwan wireless network operator VMAX Telecom to help deploy Taiwan’s first mobile WiMAX network.
"As the Internet evolves, the industry has an opportunity to deliver what consumers are seeking - a fast, seamless and personal mobile Internet experience, regardless of device or location," Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini said on October 30 at an event in Taiwan. Intel is the world’s biggest chipmaker. "Intel and Taiwan will continue to collaborate to create growth opportunities for the industry."
WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a data telecommunications standard for notebook computers, mobile phones and other portable devices that can transmit data five times faster than current technology. The wireless transmission technology uses a variety of transmission modes from point-to-point links to full mobile access. The technology, which enables broadband speeds without the need for cables, is based on the IEEE 802.16 standard.
As one of the world's leading technology manufacturers, Taiwan has been a key innovator of WiMAX devices. Taiwan has been a strong supporter of the WiMAX industry and many local technology companies, with the support of the Taiwan government, have formed a alliance of suppliers offering a wide range of products. Participating manufacturers include Acer Inc., Accton Technology Corp., Mitac Inc., Tatung Co. and Tecom Co.
"With its robust industry ecosystem and ability to commercialize innovation, Taiwan has become a center for design and manufacturing of devices for the worldwide market," Taiwan Minister of Economic Affairs Yiin Chi-Ming said at the event. "With a shared vision to accelerate mobility industry momentum, our collaboration with Intel positions Taiwan to further capitalize on opportunities created by the next phase of the Internet."
Through Intel Capital, Intel has invested in 30 WiMAX technology companies and service providers worldwide.
"The deployment of WiMAX networks and the integration of WiMAX into mobile devices will create a truly mobile and personalized Internet experience," VMAX Chairman Dr. C. K. Liu said at the event. "With Intel Capital's support, VMAX intends to become the first-mover in bringing the benefits of high-speed wireless broadband to Taiwan. VMAX intends to be the first to deploy a 2.5GHz WiMAX network in Asia Pacific."
The name "WiMAX" was created by the WiMAX Forum®, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformity and interoperability of the standard.
Earlier this year, the WiMAX Forum released the executive summary of the WiMAX Forum Global WiMAX Subscriber & User Forecast. The forecast predicts that there will be more than 133 million WiMAX users globally by 2012. Currently, more than 260 operators have deployed WiMAX services, and that number is expected to rise to 538 by 2012.
On June 18 this year, Alvarion Ltd., a leading provider of WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions, announced the successful trial by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of the company’s end-to-end 4Motion® solution and 802.16e BreezeMAX®RAN (radio access network) platform in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Following extensive indoor lab tests, ITRI and Alvarion achieved sector handover at up to 80 km/hour while performing mobile usage test scenarios with VoIP, video streaming, IPTV and document exchange applications at data rates exceeding 12 Mbps.
Taiwan's government has selected WiMAX for its M-Taiwan national program. ITRI and the WiMAX Forum established the M-Taiwan WiMAX Application Lab (MTWAL) - a proof of concept lab at the ITRI campus in Hsinchu to test and develop innovative Mobile WiMAX applications. Alvarion was selected as the sole supplier of WiMAX equipment for the lab because it was the only vendor able to meet ITRI's timeline and stringent requirements for Mobile WiMAX equipment.