Successful authentication onto the Tatung InfoComm network of equipment and user credentials from WiMAX network from outside Taiwan ushers in the era of global WiMAX roaming
TAIPEI, Taiwan and SAN JOSE, California – MobilityWire® – October 26, 2009
Aicent Inc. (www.aicent.com) and Tatung InfoComm (www.tatung.net.tw) announced today the first-ever internetwork roaming between WiMAX networks. Using Aicent’s WiMAX Roaming eXchange (WRX), executives from a non-Asian WiMAX operator successfully used a USB WiMAX dongle together with a username and password combination and embedded credentials from their company’s 4G WiMAX service to gain access to the Tatung InfoComm WiMAX network in Taiwan. This successful connection marks the first time international roaming between WiMAX networks has been achieved.
“This event is a key technical breakthrough in substantiating the fast deployment of high-speed WiMAX service to meet global market needs,” said Peter Yen, president and CEO of Tatung InfoComm. “To fulfill the promise of WiMAX, operators will have to partner together and allow subscribers to access each other’s networks, and Aicent facilitates these important relationships. With WiMAX roaming, Tatung InfoComm customers from Southern Taiwan will be able to take their high speed wireless broadband service with them all around the world.”
Tatung InfoComm is the first commercially-launched operator in Taiwan beginning service in April this year in Penghu Island, then quickly expanding to Kaohsiung three months later in July. Tatung InfoComm is committed to staying ahead of the market as a versatile and leading mobile broadband operator offering convergence of multimedia, telecommunication and digital broadcasting.
For roaming to be commercially viable, it has to be transparent and effortless to the end user. In this trial, Tatung InfoComm wanted to ensure that subscribers from other WiMAX networks could use their equipment, in this case a USB dongle that plugs into a laptop, with the same username and password used for the home network to gain easy access to the Tatung InfoComm network. Their tests met all the criteria to call it a success. This test also indicates that Tatung InfoComm subscribers could likewise use their equipment, usernames and passwords to gain access to non-Tatung InfoComm WiMAX networks.
“The entire communications industry stands on the precipice of immense change,” said Lynn Liu, president and CEO of Aicent. “People are traveling with great ease and more often than not bringing with them devices that need to connect to networks. There are important technical challenges to overcome to enable people to have ‘anywhere, anytime access’ to these important, often critical data networking connections. Aicent is fortunate to work with partners like Tatung InfoComm, bringing the innovations that will ultimately result in a worldwide ubiquitous WiMAX network.”
WiMAX has emerged as a key technology to support true 4G connectivity for both fixed wireless and mobile. Available spectrum in countries has been allocated to WiMAX and literally hundreds of new wireless operators are delivering services alongside traditional wireless operators. Today there are a growing number of devices supporting multiple radios for multimode WiMAX, WiMAX+Wi-Fi, WiMAX+EVDO and WiMAX+HSPA in the market. Aicent is already working with many CDMA, GSM, Wi-Fi and WiMAX operators to bring global and inter-standard roaming into commercial reality.
About Aicent Inc.
Serving more than one billion mobile users around the world, Aicent Inc. is a leading provider of data network services and solutions for global mobile operators. To enable interoperability between Aicent customers and other networks, Aicent operates one of the world’s largest GPRS and 3G network exchanges, connecting to over 70 operators, including four of the world’s five largest. Through extensive peering arrangements, the Aicent network reaches nearly all GPRS/3G operators around the world. Aicent also operates integrated mobile messaging services, including one of the world’s first and largest multimedia messaging exchanges, and offers other value-added services to help carriers maximize revenue opportunities. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Aicent has regional offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. For more information, please visit: www.aicent.com.
About Tatung InfoComm Co., Ltd.
Tatung InfoComm Co., Ltd., formerly known as WiMAX BU at Tatung Company, has been implementing the “M-Taiwan” Project led by Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs (IDB, MOEA). Tatung Company has been endeavoring in the field of Mobile Broadband Technology by establishing Tatung InfoComm in 2007 and then in July 26 acquiring the WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) license for the southern region of Taiwan, serving the people in cities and counties south of Taichung and Hualien. Tatung InfoComm, a versatile mobile communication operator of WiMAX, runs the business across three major fields of Mobile Communication, Mobile Information as well as Mobile Broadcasting for individuals, home, enterprises, and governments. The services include Mobile Internet Access, Voice, Multimedia Video, M-Broadcasting, Integrated Enterprise Service plus various value-added mobile applications. For more information, please visit: www.tatung.net.tw.
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