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Taiwa\'s first TD-LTE mobile network begins trial operatio

2011-03-28 18:00:07| Source:

Taipei, March 28 (CNA) First International Telecom Corp (FIT) began testing a high-speed mobile network system in Taiwan on Monday with help from China\'s No. 1 mobile carrier, China Mobile, as part of its effort to draw more support from the industry chain.

The TD-LTE network, which stands for Time Division-Long Term Evolution technology, is a fourth-generation (4G) telecommunication standard that has been in development by China Mobile since late 2007. The technology can reach a download speed of more than 100 megabytes per second, according to China Mobile. Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc. will provide client devices, such as personal computers and tablet PCs, that will be used during the testing program to sharpen cloud computing services and value-added applications related to the high-speed network.

FIT, whose main business provides voice calls using short-range personal handy-phone system (PHS) technology, launched the trial TD-LTE operation in Taoyuan, a county in northern Taiwan. The company said in a statement that its main aim is to strengthen ties with other partners, such as chip designers, client device makers, Internet equipment manufacturers and cloud service providers.

"Compared with other Taiwanese telecom carriers, FIT has more capabilities to develop the 4G network based on our similar experiences with running PHS and WiMAX wireless technologies, " FIT Chairwoman Chang Min-yu said in the statement.

"We will play a role as coordinator in the following development of Taiwa\'s 4G technology in hopes that cross-Taiwan Strait 4G resources can be integrated efficiently," Chang said. Bill Huang, general manager of China Mobile Research Institute, said the trial operation of the TD-LTE network in Taiwan is a big step on China Mobile\'s road map to promote home-grown technology globally. The world\'s biggest mobile operator also plans to launch large-scale TD-LTE networks in seven major cities in China this year, including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen, he said. So far, China Mobile has 220,000 mobile service base stations in China.