The first center for testing fourth-generation (4G) mobile communications technology, networks and devices for both sides of the Taiwan Strait will be set up in Greater Taichung, the Taiwan-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said yesterday.
ITRI Information and Communications Research Laboratories official Lee Wen-chin (李文欽) said the testing center would help lower the cost of research and development and testing for businesses, while shortening development times.
The facility, which will offer testing of the compatibility of chips and devices produced by different companies, would also improve cooperation between the telecommunications industries in Taiwan and China, Lee said during a cross-strait communication meeting in Greater Taichung.
With China and Taiwan both planning to issue 4G mobile service licenses later this year, industries on both sides of the Strait have been testing devices for 4G services.
Lee said the institute has taken the first step by establishing a testing network using base stations and equipment supplied by China’s Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co (大唐移動), along with technology and solutions provided by Linker Networks of the US.
The institute has also teamed up with local operators Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信), VeeTime Corp (威達雲端) and First International Telecom Corp (大眾電信) on the network project, which uses time division long-term evolution (TD LTE) technology.