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TAIWAN

  • Unofficial English translation of "Administrative Regulations on Radio Waves" 3 January 2003.
  • Unofficial English translation of "Administrative Regulations on Low Power Radio Waves Radiated Devices," 22 March 2004 says that no license is needed for "2.4GHz and 5GHz bands low power wireless local area network (WLAN), not for the purpose of providing telecommunications services" if the equipment is type approved.
  • Unofficial English translation of "Administrative Regulations on Radio Waves of Industrial, Scientific, Medical Equipment" 23 October 2002.
  • "This year's IDC Information Society Index [ISI, 2004] has rated Taiwan as having the world's best wireless Internet penetration rate..." ---Asia Intelligence Wire via TelecomAsia.net.
  • "Taipei to Cloak City in World's Largest Wi-Fi Grid" by Kirby Chien for Reuters, 18 November 2004.
  • "Taipei honored for world's largest wireless network," by Mo Yan-chih, Taipei Times, 30 June 2006: "...4,200 access points in such a massive population with 90 percent coverage. Despite the wireless network's high rate of coverage, only 30,000 of Taipei's 2.6 million residents have agreed to pay for the service, also known as Wifly, provided by Q-Ware Systems and Services Corp, the Internet provider that built and runs the network. According to Chang Sheng, vice president of Q-Ware, the company originally expected to have 250,000 subscribers by the end of the year, but had lowered that target to 200,000. Free trials of Wifly ended in January [2006], and users now pay either NT$399 [US$12.24] per month as a subscriber, or prepaid rates of NT$500 [US$15.33] a month or NT$100 [US$3.06] a day. The low usage of the wireless service has drawn the attention of international media, with the New York Times running an article this week questioning Taipei's ability to attract more subscribers... Meanwhile, Vice President Annette Lu addressing the 2006 Digital Cities Convention Taipei yesterday, said central government would designate more than NT$300 billion (US$9.2 billion) to build up wireless services nationwide..."
  • "Taipei city government to expand Wi-Fi network of free access to Internet," by Chloe Yu and Adam Hwang, DigiTimes, 4 January 2012: "The Taipei City Government will enlarge the coverage of Taipei Free, its free 512Kbps wireless Internet-access service via Wi-Fi hot spots at selected public places, through expanding the Wi-Fi network from over 2,000 hot spots to 4,500 ones and hiking backhaul capacity to at least 10Mbps, according to the city government. The city government in June 2011 signed with Global Mobile, a WiMAX operator in northern half of Taiwan, for initial operation of Taipei Free, with the company offering free Wi-Fi access to the Internet at administration centers, government-run libraries and hospitals as well as MRT (mass rapid transit) stations through its WiMAX network. As the contract with Global Mobile expired at the end of 2011, the city government will offer an open tender to select an operator for expanding Taipei Free Wi-Fi network and continuing operation over the next three years..."
  • As the contract with Global Mobile expired at the end of 2011, the city government will offer an open tender to select an operator for expanding Taipei Free Wi-Fi network and continuing operation over the next three years,
  • "Chunghwa to double Wi-Fi coverage this year," Telecom Paper, 5 January 2011: "Taiwanese carrier Chunghwa Telecom plans to double the number of wireless access spots to 20,000 by the end of this year as the rollout of Wi-Fi hotspots is progressing faster than expected. Chunghwa has rolled out 10,000 hotspots so far, more than the previously forecast 6,000, Central News Agency reports..."
  • "Taiwan market: FET to reach 25,000 Wi-Fi hot spots in 2011," by Chloe Yu and Adam Hwang, DigiTimes, 10 December 2010: "Mobile telecom carrier Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) plans to complete a Wi-Fi network of 25,000 hot spots around Taiwan in 2011 mainly for promoting 3G business, according to the company. The Wi-Fi network will consist of 15,000 hot spots to be deployed by Qware Communications of which FET is a 51%-stakeholder as well as 10,000 to be set up by itself... Qware operates WiFly, a citywide WLAN network in Taipei City, under a BOT (build-operate-transfer) contract with the city government..."
  • "Taiwan looks to make wireless leap beyond 3G" by Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service 22 October 2004.
  • The Applications of Wi-Fi Technology in Chinese Taipei" by Dr. Wen-Hao Yang, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. - powerpoint presentation at the APEC TEL Workshop on "WiFi and Rural Connectivity," in Bangkok, Thailand, 3-5 April 2005.
  • "Government urged to promote WiFi" by Jessie Ho, Taipei Times, 15 June 2005: "Taiwan must accelerate progress in constructing wireless infrastructure in its major cities to catch up in the worldwide trend toward having wireless Internet connections available everywhere, officials and industrialists said yesterday... 'The prevalence of wireless broadband Internet access will stimulate local companies to develop compatible mobile devices, which is expected to draw orders from overseas since many countries are keen to construct so-called "wireless cities,"' said Jason Chen, country manager of Intel Microelectronics Asia Ltd's Taiwan Branch..."
  • "Environmentalists oppose Wi-Fi service in Taipei buses," by Lee Hsin-Yin, Focus Taiwan, 26 July 2011: "Environmental activists urged the Taipei government Tuesday to cancel a plan to install wireless access points (WAP) in city buses because of health concerns. In a wireless Internet service campaign launched July 1, the city government pledged to expand the free Wi-Fi network to major parts of the city, including 800 of its city buses... The association argued that the Wi-Fi devices would pose a significant health risk to bus drivers because of the long hours they would be exposed..."
  • "Motorola opens UWB research center in Taipei," by Jessie Ho, Taipei Times, 9 July 2005.

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