Chunghwa Telecom says it plans to invest between TWD4 billion and TWD5 billion (USD120 million-USD150 million) on the development of WiMAX wireless broadband services over the next five years if it wins a concession in the government’s auction of regional 2.5GHz concessions. Taiwan’s largest fixed line and cellular operator by subscribers would look to launch WiMAX services by the end of 2008 if it wins a permit, Bloomberg reports.
The Taiwanese government has received 13 applications for the six regional WiMAX licences it has on offer. Bidders include the island’s three main cellular operators, Chunghwa, Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile, plus local equipment manufacturer Tecom, which is bidding in partnership with 3G operator Vibo, and electronics firm Tatung. Fixed line operator Asia Pacific Broadband Telecom and PHS provider Fitel have also submitted applications. The winning bidders are due to be announced next month.