Bidding begins in Taiwan’s 4G spectrum auction

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly kicked off the bidding in its auction of LTE-suitable spectrum. 

At the start of July 2013 it was confirmed that the companies that would vie for LTE-suitable spectrum included all four of the country’s 3G licensees – Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone and Asia Pacific Telecom. The other three companies that will participate in the auction are: Foxconn Group subsidiary Ambit Microsystems; a mobile telecom company newly established by the Ting Hsin International Group; and another new company set up by the Shinkong Group. In total, the government is offering a total of 270MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, and having outlined the starting prices for the 4G-suitable spectrum in May 2013, should the government sell all the frequencies at the lowest price, it will raise approximately TWD35.9 billion (USD1.2 billion) in total.

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