Asia Express - Data Communications
WiMAX Development in Asia June 8-14
June 14, 2009
- Intel has injected an investment of US$43 million into Japanese WiMAX carrier UQ Communications, Washington Post reported on June 9. It is reported that UQ Communications will leverage the investment to expand is WiMAX service in Japan. By 2012, UQ Communications expects to boost the nationwide coverage of its WiMAX network to 90%. Official launch of the company's WiMAX service in Japan is slated for July 1, 2009. Other major stakeholders in UQ Communications include KDDI, Kyocera, railway operator JR East, and Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank.

In other Japanese WiMAX-related news, Toshiba, Panasonic, and Onkyo are expected to soon start shipments of notebook PCs incorporating Intel's Centrino technology and WiMAX receiver module, according to a June 9 report by PC Magazine. It is reported that these notebook PCs are specifically designed targeting the Japanese market.

- Intel has collaborated with Globe Telecom of the Philippines to roll out commercial WiMAX service in the country, according to a June 11 report by ABS-CBN News of the Philippines. According to said report, Globe Telecom's WiMAX service is the first commercially available in the Philippines. At present, Globe Telecom's WiMAX service is available in the following regions: Camanava, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon in Luzon; Cebu Province, Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Silay City in the Visayas; and Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao.

- Following the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) inked on April 24, 2009, Taiwanese WiMAX carrier Vee Telecom Multimedia plans to sign a formal contract with Clearwire of the United States on June 16, thereby sealing the two companies' strategic partnership on WiMAX, Taiwan's Economic Daily News reported on June 11. It is expected that Clearwire will station management staff in Taiwan to help Vee Telecom Multimedia achieve the goal of launching WiMAX service at year-end 2009.