MediaTek declines to comment on reported India WiMAX orders
Irene Chen and MOPS; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 28 October 2009]
MediaTek, in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) on October 27, cited customer confidentiality as it declined to comment on a Chinese-language Commercial Times report that claims the IC designer has landed orders from India's state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) for WiMAX chips.
However, industry sources in Taiwan still pointed out that MediaTek is collaborating with a number of Taiwan-based network equipment makers to develop WiMAX CPE products and it has also stepped up contacts with telecom carriers in emerging markets, including India and Russia.
In addition to cooperating with Gemtek Technology and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) to develop WiMAX CPE devices, MediaTek is working closely with handset maker Inventec Appliances in the design-in of its GSM/WiMAX dual-mode solutions for handset production, the sources indicated.
The roll-out of WiMAX chips by MediaTek is positive to the development of WiMAX CPE products due to a high degree of integration and competitive pricing of its WiMAX solutions, stated the sources, noting that MediaTek's WiMAX solutions are priced at US$30-40 per unit compared to US$40-50 of comparable products from other branded solution providers.
MediaTek's shipments of WiMAX chips are expected to reach several hundred thousand units in 2009 and to enjoy more than 100% increase in 2010, the sources estimated.