Taiwan government aghast at Intel WiMAX move

Intel’s decision to re-organise its efforts on WiMAX have prompted the Taiwanese government to reconsider its stance on LTE (long term evolution) as a future 4G standard.

According to the Taipei Times, a government official told a reporter that the administration is investigating what effect the Intel move will have on both local WiMAX equipment manufacturers and on its own strategy on LTE.

Intel has insisted that the re-organisation of its WiMAX unit does not mean that it is backing off its support for WiMAX. An Intel representative told TechEye two weeks ago that the company was still committed to the wireless broadband standard.

But Intel’s insistence that it’s still fully behind WiMAX does not appear to have assuaged either the government’s or the local industry’s fears.

JT Wang, chairman of the influential Taipei Computer Association (TCA) met Intel VP Navin Shenoy on July the 7th and told him that the Taiwanese manufacturers believed WiMAX is at a turning point and said that the standard will become mainstream. He also told Intel that it should regard Taiwan as a global partner, and put more effort behind pushing WiMAX as a standard.

Intel believes it has now reached a similar stage with WiMAX as it did with wi-fi, and doesn’t need to take the pioneering role it initially took.

The Taipei Times said the Ministry of Economic Affairs is evaluating how important LTE will be compared to WiMAX as a touted “4G” answer to telecommunications.

As we reported last week, industry analyst In-Stat, said that LTE was set to dominate the market for 4G by 2014.

You can find the Taipei Times here.