APT open to collaboration for 4G rollout

3 Jul 2013

Taiwanese wireless operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) is open to collaborating with rivals in the construction of a 4G network, the China Post reports, citing the telco’s chairperson Sophia Chiu. The report comes hot on the heels of the announcement by the National Communications Commission (NCC) earlier this week that seven companies had submitted applications to take part in the country’s upcoming 4G spectrum auction. With the executive arguing that cooperation between the country’s operators is inevitable in the deployment of LTE technology, she also said that APT’s openness to partnering up for the network rollout has been prompted in part by the expected cost of deployment; according to APT, the rental of 4G networking equipment is likely to total around TWD2 billion (USD66.5 million) each year. Meanwhile, with the operator claiming that the two greatest challenges in establishing LTE-based services are the laying down of fibre-optic infrastructure and the building of signal towers, APT has said it currently owns 80% of the fibre network required to provide coverage to its customers; looking ahead it plans to increase this figure to 92% next year.

Taiwan, Asia Pacific Telecom (APT)