ITRI to establish 4G communication technology testing center in Taichung
CNATAIPEI -- The first testing center for devices and network developments of fourth-generation (4G) mobile communication technology across the Taiwan Strait will be set up in Taichung, the Taiwan-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said.
August 30, 2013, 11:54 am TWN
According to Lee Wen-chin, an official at the ITRI's Information and Communications Research Laboratories, the testing center will help lower businesses' costs in research and testing, and shorten development times.
The facility, which will offer tests of the compatibility of chips and devices produced by different companies, will also improve cooperation between industries in Taiwan and China, Lee said during a cross strait communication meeting held in the central Taiwanese city.
With China and Taiwan both planning to issue 4G mobile service licenses later in the year, industries on the two sides have been testing mobile devices for 4G services.
Lee said the ITRI has taken the first step by establishing a testing network using base stations and equipment supplied by China's Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co., with technology and solutions provided by Linker Networks of the United States.
The ITRI has also teamed up with local operators, including Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., VeeTime Corp. and First International Telecom Corp on the network project, which uses TD-LTE (Time Division-Long Term Evolution) wireless technology.
According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the U.N. agency that defines industry standards, a 4G network can offer peak data rates of 100 megabits per second (Mbit/s) for high mobility and 1 gigabit per second for low mobility.
In comparison, the current 3G network is only expected to provide a minimum speed of 2Mbit/s for stationary or walking users, and 348 kilobits per second in moving vehicles, according to the ITU website.