Taiwanese WiMAX operator Vee TIME is planning to bid for spectrum in the 1800MHz band in the government’s forthcoming frequency auction, the Digitimes reports. With the operator currently using the 2600MHz band to offer its wireless broadband services, it is understood that, should it manage to bag 1800MHz frequencies, it will use these to offer a 4G voice service designed to complement its existing product range. Meanwhile, in order to compete in the auction the report also claims that Vee TIME is negotiating a partnership with an unnamed potential investor, the latter of which is said to be willing to offer both capital and technology to the WiMAX operator.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) revealed that it would begin accepting applications for 4G concessions on 1 May 2013, with the submission period subsequently ending on 15 June, following which applicants will be vetted between 15 June and 15 August. An auction rehearsal is then expected to take place on 20 August, with the spectrum sale itself set to get underway on 26 August.