Nokia Siemens Networks | September 7, 2011 | Press Release
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.