Taiwan's Far Eastone delays rollout of WiMAX

Taiwanese operator Far Eastone said the deployment of its WiMAX systems is about a year behind schedule. The company initially planned to roll out the system in the first quarter of 2009 but now will focus on other projects an push the date back to the end of the year.

"We are going to push out WiMAX on a commercial basis by the fourth quarter of this year, but will begin construction of the networks sometime soon," announced Jan Nilsson, the operator's president.

The operator is a key player in the Taiwanese government's M-Taiwan project, an initiative to create a standards-compliant environment supporting services, education and entertainment on a national level. Taiwan is an important market for WiMAX, whose backers want to see as many consumer electronics companies as possible put WiMAX chips in their products. Vendors have been working hard with Taiwan's CE companies to create a viable ecosystem for WiMAX.

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