PORTLAND, Ore. Global Mobile Corp. of Taipei announced on Wednesday (June 4) that it plans to begin WiMax field trials in Taiwan.
Along with partner NextWave Wireless Inc. (San Diego), Global Mobile's Taiwan WiMax network will offer a service called MXtv, with up to 40 live-broadcast channels, as well as with interactive media services, digital audio, video conferencing, and voice-over-IP. WiMax subscribers in Taiwan would communicate with cell towers using NextWave's V5 basestations and gateway platform running software provided by PacketVideo, a NextWave subsidiary delivering 3G mobile TV in Europe.
"NextWave will be ready for the Taiwan field trials by the end of 2008," said Craig Miller, NextWave's vice president of marketing. "Global Mobile will use our V5 basestations and the ecosystem of original equipment manufacturers [OEMs] using our NW2000 WiMax chip sets will be supplying Global Mobile and other network operators with the 4G user devices."
PacketVideo's MediaFusion content management system will offer WiMax users a unified content catalog so that a single client application can access any media type. An Electronic Service Guide manages multimedia content and different services such as pay-per-view and subscriptions.
Global Mobile plans to support WiMax modems for computers as well as 4G mobile handsets and other consumer devices, including personal media players, mobile Internet terminals and portable navigation devices.
NextWave's NW2000 WiMax chip set can power devices requiring wireless broadband. Intel Corp. earlier announced that its next-generation Centrino laptop chip sets will include a WiMax modem, and Nokia recently showed a WiMax-enabled network terminal.
South Korea and several other technology hot spots have pilot programs up and running ahead of Taiwan's field trials. Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks are both backing WiMax for geographically isolated areas in the U.S. Clearwire is promising to extend the Sprint Nextel U.S. nationwide network with WiMax.
Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc., Intel Corp., Google Inc. and cable operator Bright House Networks are investing heavily in building the first U.S. nationwide Clearwire WiMax network.