Taiwan WiMAX operators purchasing network cards, dongles and routers
Harris Lin, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 23 December 2009]
Taiwan-based WiMAX operators are currently focusing their purchases of WiMAX CPE products on network cards, dongles and routers, but showing less interest in handsets, notebooks and netbooks, according to industry sources.
WiMAX operators are reluctant to purchase WiMAX-enabled handsets as the coverage of their current WiMAX networks is lower than the 2G and 3G networks and the supply of WiMAX handsets is also limited, the sources noted.
However, Vee Telecom Multimedia, a WiMAX licensee for southern part of Taiwan, may purchase an integrated WiMAX/Wi-Fi device together with its strategic partner Clearwire that will enable it to promote WiMAX services with handsets, the sources indicated.
Although notebook vendors such as Acer and Asustek Computer have sent notebooks and netbooks with built-in WiMAX modules to operators for interoperability testing, the operators are still skeptical about offering bundled sales promotions due to a lack of other supporting devices that can also access the networks, the sources added.