TORONTO, Canada — Nortel’s efforts to install a wireless broadband network in the Taiwan capital of Taipei recently helped that city win the 2006 Intelligent Community of the Year award from the Intelligent Community Forum.

Nortel and Taipei city leaders are implementing a network based on WiMAX technology. The project will cover some 90 percent of the city’s population through 5,000 access points.

The network is scheduled for completion later this year.

“An essential component of an ‘Intelligent Community’ is providing citizens, enterprises and government departments with a comprehensive wireless broadband infrastructure that allows instant ‘anywhere, anytime’ high-speed access to increasingly ubiquitous digital applications and services,” said Michael Pangia, president of Asia operations for Nortel. “The selection of Taipei City as 2006 Intelligent Community of the Year strengthens Nortel’s commitment to working with government, business and educational institutions to make Taiwan an international showcase for wireless broadband innovation.”