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Alcatel-lucent Opens Taiwanese WiMAX Testing Center
|21 января 2008|
Alcatel-Lucent says that it is to open its WiMAX Application and Interoperability Testing (IOT) Center to local Taiwan customer premises equipment (CPE) manufacturers, working with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
In October Alcatel-Lucent signed a memorandum of understanding with the MOEA in which both parties agreed to jointly promote the development of WiMAX products in Taiwan.
The Taiwan center will provide an end-to-end interoperability testing environment for local companies producing communications equipment for businesses and residences. By providing an environment where device performance can be tested for innovative applications and services, Taiwanese CPE manufacturers will be encouraged to develop terminal devices that comply with the latest WiMAX standard -- 802.16e-2005 – as well as future iterations of the technology.
"Our government encourages multinational enterprises to set up R&D centers in Taiwan, and we are very pleased that Alcatel-Lucent chose Taiwan to build their WiMAX IOT center," said Steve RUEY-LONG CHEN, Minister of Economic Affairs. "The commitment by Alcatel-Lucent highlights that the domestic WiMAX development environment is recognized and valued internationally. In the future, we look forward to more sharing of key technologies between international telecom firms and the local manufacturers through the center. This will bridge our domestic WiMAX industry with the world's leading WiMAX players and further strengthen Taiwan's strategic role in global WiMAX development."
There is significant market potential for WiMAX in Taiwan, and the IOT Center stands to play a leading role in realizing that potential, according to Tony CHUNG, President of Alcatel-Lucent's business in Taiwan, who also noted that WiMAX is a key element in the Taiwan Government's Mobile Taiwan (M-Taiwan) program. The M-Taiwan program is designed to foster the growth of wireless broadband communications across the island by bringing local government and private sector partners together to create the infrastructure for a robustwireless broadband service.