WiMAX license winner Global Mobile Corp (全球一動) said yesterday that it had signed a letter of intent with Japan's Open Wireless Network (OpenWin) to develop technology, digital content, roaming services and other items.
OpenWin, a joint venture between Japan's smallest mobile operator SoftBank Corp and Internet service provider eAcess Ltd, hopes to win a high-speed WiMAX license in Japan in bidding scheduled for the end of this year. Other investors include Internet service provider So-net Entertainment and Temasek Holdings of Singapore.
Global Mobile said it plans to buy a stake in OpenWin after the Japanese firm obtains approval to operate WiMAX service.
"We believe this cooperation will be a new milestone for the local industry to share innovative WiMAX operational and technical insights from OpenWin," Global Mobile chairwoman Rosemary Ho (何薇玲) said in a statement.
Both parties have agreed to work closely on the technical and operational aspects once OpenWin obtains a business license for a 2.5 GHz broadband mobile wireless access system through mobile WiMAX next month. Global Mobile is OpenWin's first partner.
Global Mobile, which obtained a WiMAX license in July, signed the letter of intent with Openwin last week.
Global Mobile has 12 content partners, including media outlet Era Digital Media (