Asia News: Motorola trials mobile WiMAX in Thailand

Asia News:  Motorola trials mobile WiMAX in Thailand

The trial marks the first in a series of Motorola's mobile WiMAX engagements in Thailand, and yet another milestone in the company's global WiMAX development.

UIH acquired a WiMAX trial licence last year from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), and conducted trials in Bangkok and Phuket to assess WiMAX traffic channelling capabilities in the respective areas. These sites were selected because of the regions' high demand for broadband services.

"The successful trials with UIH affirms WiMAX as a feasible wireless technology for the roll-out of cost-effective broadband services to urban and remote areas within a short deployment timeframe," said Eric Starnes, general manager & regional director of South East Asia, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility.

UIH is studying to use Motorola's mobile WiMAX technology to provide low-cost broadband services to corporate users and travellers.

"The Internet penetration rate is currently around 15% in Thailand, and we believe there is huge potential to market affordable broadband services to consumers and corporate users," said Vichai Bencharongkul, president of Benchachinda Holding Co & chairman of UIH's executive committee.

Motorola is currently involved in 19 WiMAX contracts and 77 engagements in 44 countries worldwide.

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