Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信), the nation’s third-largest telecoms service provider, yesterday said it would offer high-speed WiMAX for free during a pilot run in central Taiwan starting next month.
Commercial launch of the service is scheduled for the end of the year.
During the two-month period ending in June, Far EasTone will provide free Internet service on WiMAX technology in downtown Taichung and around Feng Chia University, where its network is already complete.
The public will be able to test WiMAX at Far EasTone’s four outlets in Taichung on weekends or at booths set up near Feng Chia University on weekdays.
Separately, WiMAX license-holders Global Mobile Corp (全球一動) and Vee Telecom Multimedia Co Ltd (威達超舜) were scheduled to hold press conferences in Taipei today to unveil their technological collaboration with US WiMAX operator Clearwire Corp.
In related developments, third-generation (3G) telecoms service provider Vibo Telecom Inc (威寶電信) yesterday said its customer base had exceeded 1 million subscribers this month and was well on track to reaching the company’s target of 1.5 million users by the end of the year.
The company said a series of promotional packages, including subsidized netbooks, had helped boost its customer base.