Taipei, Taiwan – September 7, 2011
VeeTIME first to use WiMAX to offer broadband on high speed railway
Selects Nokia Siemens Networks’ equipment and services for landmark deployment
Passengers travelling on Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR*) will enjoy always-on wireless broadband from early 2012. VeeTIME Corp., a quadruple-play operator, is working with the Taiwanese Government to offer onboard connectivity enabled by its existing WiMAX system provided by Nokia Siemens Networks. Passengers will be able to connect via WiFi, or directly to the network if they have a compatible WiMAX device. It will be the first time that WiMAX has been used to support broadband access for passengers on a high speed rail service.
“To apply WiMAX technology on high-speed rail is a great move, and collaborating with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has ensured uninterrupted communication quality when riding at high speeds in mountainous areas. We were looking to extend our WiMAX offering to high-speed rail and add value to our customers by providing anytime, anywhere wireless broadband access with this pioneering initiative,” said Richard Lai, chairman, VeeTIME Corp. “We are confident of Nokia Siemens Networks’ WiMAX system, and are sure that the company’s technology, expertise and services will ensure a reliable, continuous wireless broadband service for THSR passengers.”
“Using WiMAX to support broadband access in this way offers tremendous potential. It is great to explore the technology’s capabilities by enabling VeeTIME to offer onboard wireless broadband access, and thus deliver a much improved travel experience to THSR passengers,” added Mike Wang, head of Taiwan, HK & Macau subregion at Nokia Siemens Networks. “In doing so, we will help open a brand new era of wireless broadband on high-speed rail in Taiwan.”
The High Speed Rail application will allow passengers to enjoy either WiMAX or WiFi connectivity through VeeTIME’s WiMAX equipment. Nokia Siemens Networks will customize this system to accommodate the needs of high-speed rail, enabling uninterrupted onboard connectivity, even at speeds as high as 285 kilometer per hour. Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide services including network implementation, optimization and a full set of hardware and software maintenance services, to enable a fast rollout.
About VeeTIME Corp.
VeeTIME Corp. (8307) was established on March 5, 1997. VeeTIME Corp. was the first cable TV system operator that obtained ISO 9001certification in Taiwan. VeeTIME integrated fiber broadband and wireless broadband (WiMAX) and targets to provide the “One cloud, N screens” multimedia, VOIP, and internet broadband services to its subscribers. With WiMAX technology, VeeTIME Corp. will fulfill mass needs and expectations by providing “Quadruple PlayService” in the New Media Era. For more information, please visit www.veetime.com.
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com
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