Asia Express - Data Communications
WiMAX Development in Asia June 29 - July 5
July 03, 2009
- UQ Communications, a Japanese WiMAX venture set up by KDDI and investors including Intel, East Japan Railway Company, Kyocera, Daiwa Securities Group, and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, began commercial services on July 1, 2009, according to reports by Reuters and TeleGeography. At the initial phase, UQ Communications' WiMAX service, which is projected to enable a maximum downlink speed of 40Mbps, is available in greater Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. UQ Communications began WiMAX service trials in February 2009, and the carrier plans to extend its WiMAX network to all major Japanese cities within fiscal 2010, which ends in March 2011.

- P1 W1MAX, the WiMAX subsidiary of Malaysia's Packet One Networks, is expected to extend its service to Sarawak in early 2010, Malaysia's Bernama reported on July 2. P1 W1MAX recently began service in selected locations of Ipoh, Kuantan, and Kuala Terengganu. Other regions serviced by P1 W1MAX include key markets in the Klang Valley, Johor, Penang, Kedah, Perak, Pahang, and Terengganu. P1 W1MAX has set a target of reaching 35% coverage of the entire Malaysian population by year-end 2009.

- Following the commencement of service in Penghu County in April this year, Taiwanese WiMAX carrier Tatung Telecom is scheduled to begin service in Kaohsiung City on July 8, 2009, according to various local reports. The tariff plan for Kaohsiung city is estimated at less than US$800 (US$24.3; US$1=NT$32.9). After Kaohsiung City, Tatung Telecom plans to launch commercial WiMAX service in Kaohsiung County by year-end 2009 and extend its network to Taichung in 2010.