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Taiwan operator calls for end of WiMax

Taiwan Mobile co-president Cliff Lai says WiMax development a "wrong step" and spectrum better served to develop long-term evolution network instead, report notes.
Written by Liau Yun Qing, Contributor on

One Taiwan Mobile executive believes the government should reclaim the spectrum allocated for WiMax and use it to drive the development of long-term evolution (LTE) in the market, according to a report.

Taiwan news site Business Next reported on Wednesday that Cliff Lai, co-president of Taiwan Mobile, has called on the local government to work on creating an exit mechanism for WiMax, describing its initial foray into developing the wireless technology for the country as a "wrong step".

"Since the development for WiMax has not gone well, the government should recover the spectrum alloted to WiMax and drive the development of LTE," he said. "The government says [the network operators'] speed is slow. But there is no speed at all for WiMax!"

LTE development in Taiwan has been slowed down because of the lack of spectrum afforded, and transferring the bandwidth from WiMax will aid in this aspect, Lai added.

Taiwan was a strong supporter of WiMax a few years ago. However, interest in WiMax has decreased globally with LTE taking over as the next-generation wireless technology of choice.

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