Asia Express - Data Communications
WiMAX Development in Asia June 1-7
June 06, 2009
- Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has rolled out three second-generation 802.16e WiMAX chips, M7117, M7118, and M7119, according to a June 1 press release by the company. Of the three new chips, M7117 and M7119 are for use in WiMAX CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) , while M7118 is designed for mobile phones, USB (Universal Serial Bus) dongles, and embedded devices. All three chips feature two transmitters and receivers, as well as support for uplink and downlink MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) and Beamforming. MediaTek's WiMAX chips have already been used in CPE developed by Malaysian WiMAX carrier Packet One Networks, according to the press release.

- India's BSNL has aborted its WiMAX tender for franchise partners in a number of telecom circles and is expected to invite fresh bids under new terms and conditions, according to a June 3 report by The Economic Times of India. Earlier this year, more than 20 companies participated in the tender for the franchise to act as BSNL's WiMAX partner. The franchisee not only will obtain an exclusive long-term contract with BSNL but will also be able to share a certain portion of the revenues generated by commercial services. The state-run was prompted to cancel the original tender after investigations that five of the shortlisted companies - WiExpert Communications, SV Telecom Systems, Digitelco Communications, Spectrus Communications, and Technotial Infoways - are actually fake companies that exist only on paper.

It is reported that BSNL has therefore cancelled the WiMAX rollout tender in three key circles: Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. However, BSNL said the cancellation will not affect the company's plan for WiMAX rollout and further expansion, according to a June 3 report by Press Trust of India.