Tue, Jun 03, 2008 - Page 12 News List

WiMAX expo opens in Taipei

NATION'S SHOWCASE Sixty exhibitors have taken 250 booths at the show and WiMAX wireless service will be available in the Xinyi and Nangang districts

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Minister without Portfolio Chang Chin-fu, center, and National Communications Commission Chairman Su Yeong-chin, sixth right, take part in the opening ceremony of the 2008 WiMAX Expo yesterday at the World Trade Center in Taipei.

PHOTO: CNA

The total output of the nation's WiMAX production value is estimated to reach NT$30 billion (US$987 million) by 2015 through the combined efforts of the government and the private telecommunications sector, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang (施顏祥) said yesterday.

Addressing the WiMAX Expo opening ceremony at the Taipei World Trade Center, Shih said the exhibition would showcase the nation’s most advanced WiMAX technologies, which provide wireless data over long distances.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs predicts the global WiMAX market is set to surpass NT$304 billion by 2010, Shih said.

The WiMAX exhibition, which runs through Friday, features 60 domestic and overseas exhibitors at 250 booths, showing a variety of equipment and application systems, including mobile components, system products and testing services.

“By featuring the entire ecosystem of the WiMAX industry, this exhibition will help Taiwan’s telecommunication companies obtain foreign procurement and cooperation deals,” Shih said.

He said the expo would complement the Computex Taipei exhibition that opens today by attracting international buyers from the Information and Communication Technology and telecommunication industries.

Wang Jen-tang (王振堂), chairman of the Taipei Computer Association, which is one of the WiMAX show’s organizers, said the government has invested more than NT$20 billion in infrastructure development and application modeling based on the WiMAX technology.

“In addition, since last July, six local telecommunication operators have acquired WiMAX frequencies and will be ready to open business at the end of this year,” Wang said.

Wand said Acer, Asus (華碩) and Quanta (廣達) would take center stage at the show, displaying their latest laptops fitted with WiMAX chipsets.

Wang said the exhibition was offering WiMAX wireless service throughout the Xinyi and Nangang districts to give visitors the chance for a hands-on experience of the WiMAX environment.

“This wireless broadband service will allow users to download or upload at a speed of 3MB/sec,” he said.

Visitors to the show will also be able to access the Internet while running on the WiMAX Demo buses, Wang said.

At present, wireless Internet service cannot maintain normal operation if the laptop in use is moving at a speed of more than 50kph.

However with WiMAX chipsets, laptops can stay connected to the Internet while being transported in a vehicle that is moving up to 80kph.

The WiMAX expo also includes a Forum Operator Summit, which is expected to draw the participation of 70 leading telecommunication operators from 22 countries.

The organizers said the expo is expected to attract some 30,000 overseas buyers.

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