Taipei WiMAX Expo  

Taipei’s 2008 WiMAX Expo, June 2 - 6, has two shuttle bus routes linking different Exhibition Halls. All of the 20 shuttle buses are “WiMAX enabled” — simply by being there.

Intel is previewing their full size Asus Centrino 2 notebook with WiMax at the show. No PC card will be required when Intel’s Centrino 2 ships in July or August. The Echo Peak WiMAX card, hidden under the hood, is ready to roll (more or less).

Other announcements at the Taipei WiMAX Expo include:

Taipai’s First International Telecom’s WiMAX network (FITEL) expects to have 52 Mobile WiMAX base stations operating in Taipei City by the beginning of June. FITEL has deployed Starent Networks’ solutions to enable high-bandwidth, multimedia services through its mobile WiMAX network.

The Fitel deployment is part of the M-Taiwan project. The M-Taiwan project is a government initiative to accelerate WiMAX ecosystem development and create a city-wide broadband network to support wireless broadband services.

M-Taiwan has been underway for 3 1/2 years and the government’s work, from issuing and deploying spectrum to assisting manufacturers to develop WiMAX equipment, is now largely done. The achievements will be showcased at the Taipei Show. By the year 2010, it is estimated that
wireless network subscribers will reach eight million.

Meanwhile, Asus is announcing its Atom-based 8.9-inch Eee PC 901 and 10-inch 1001 tomorrow at Computex. They’re based on a 1.6GHz Atom processor with 1GB of memory, Bluetooth, WiFi, memory card slot, and a 20GB SSD for Linux builds or 12GB SSD for Windows. It features a 4- or 6-hour battery life depending upon battery. ASUS’ CEO said they’ll be cutting prices on the older Celeron M 701 and 900 models.

Overhyping WiMAX can be dangerous, said Jan Nilsson, president of Far EasTone Telecom. At the WiMAX Forum Operator Summit, global carriers warned that creating unachievable expectations around the capabilities of WiMAX could create the same misconceptions over 3G in its first years of inception.

3G operators and vendors made unrealistic claims about the speeds of UMTS at the turn of the millennium, which were only met when high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) networks were introduced seven or eight years later, said Nilsson.

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