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Alcatel-Lucent opens WiMaX centre in Taiwan

Posted: 18 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Alcatel-Lucent  WiMAX  Taiwan 

Alcatel-Lucent will open its WiMAX Application and Interoperability Testing (IOT) centre in Taiwan to cater to local customer premises equipment (CPE) manufacturers. The company is working with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to help foster a robust, mature WiMAX ecosystem in Taiwan. In October, Alcatel-Lucent signed a memorandum of understanding with the MOEA in which both parties agreed to co-promote the development of WiMAX products.

The Taiwan centre will provide an end-to-end interoperability testing environment for local companies producing communications equipment for businesses and residences. The centre also will leverage Alcatel-Lucent's global research and development efforts to help accelerate the development and introduction of a variety of high-speed multimedia applications in Taiwan.

"Our government encourages multinational enterprises to set up R&D centres in Taiwan, and we are very pleased that Alcatel-Lucent chose Taiwan to build their WiMAX IOT centre," said Steve Ruey-Long Chen, Minister of Economic Affairs. "The commitment by Alcatel-Lucent highlights that the domestic WiMAX development environment is recognised 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 centre. 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."

M-Taiwan element
There is significant market potential for WiMAX in Taiwan, and the IOT centre stands to play a leading role in realising 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 robust wireless broadband service.

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