Taiwanese start-up mobile operator Vibo Telecom has announced that it will launch commercial 3G W-CDMA services on 6 December and aims to sign up a million users in its first year of operation. Vibo’s network is being built by Redline Communications, Motorola, Samsung and Ericsson. The cellco had originally hoped to introduce commercial 3G services via a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network to coincide with the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) on 1 January 2005, which it hoped would provide a vital leg-up in luring subscribers away from the big three operators, Chunghwa, Taiwan Cellular and Far EasTone. However, the government’s tardiness in making available a CDMA2000 licence and the non-appearance of MNP undermined and ultimately delayed its launch, and necessitated a switch to W-CDMA technology.
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