Taipei calls for Intel to push WiMAX harder

The president of the  Taipei Computer Association (TPC), has asked Intel to continue to promote WiMAX development as it promised.

Intel shut down its WiMAX Program Office in late June, and JT Wang said he contacted Intel executives asking whether the company had decided to change its WiMAX business policies and/or strategies.

According to Digitimes, Intel’s Navin Shenoy, vice president of Sales and Marketing Group and Asia-Pacific general manager, had a few words with Wang to clarify Intel’s position.Intel has always maintained that the closure of the office was an adjustment in internal organisation, rather than a backing down from WiMAX development

But Wang siad that Intel’s partners in Taiwan remain concerned whether Intel will continue to support WiMAX. He feared that Intel will not fulfil promises made in an agreement signed with the Taiwan government.

The statement will put Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini in the hotseat if he visits Taiwan in October. Digitimes claims he is meeting with the Taiwanese government, which will be asking for some indication that Intel is going to do what it promised. 

However Intel has said that its position on WiMAX has been widely misunderstood. 

“Intel remains committed to WiMAX, and committed to helping Taiwan companies commercialise around WiMAX,” a company rep said. He also indicated that there have been no announcements of royal visits by Otellini to Taiwan. Earlier this month, Intel insisted its strategy for WiMAX remains unchanged.