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VMAX secures permission to construct base stations

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

VMAX Telecom (威邁斯電信), one of the companies approved to provide Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) services, has secured permission from the National Communications Commission (NCC) to start building cellular base stations for the service.

NCC spokesperson Lee Ta-sung (李大嵩) said the commission would grant the company an official license after it has certified its cellular base stations for the WiMAX service. VMAX must begin operations within six months of acquiring its license, he said.

VMAX won a bid two years ago to offer the WiMAX service in northern Taiwan along with VMAX, First International Telecom Corp (大眾電信) and Global Mobile (全球一動).

Meanwhile, Tatung Co (大同公司), Far Eastern Telecom (遠傳電信) and Vastar Cable TV System Corp (威達有線電視) won the licenses to offer WiMAX services in the south.

Lee said the commission was in the process of reviewing applications submitted by Vastar, Far Eastern and Global Mobile to construct their own cellular base stations.

Tatung acquired the official license to offer WiMAX service in Penghu County in November. It has until May to begin operations.

VMAX is likely to be the next operator to launch its service.

The NCC has required that all telecom companies acquire licenses for operations by March next year.

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