NCC approves all seven would-be bidders for 4G auction

14 Aug 2013

Having concluded an initial review of the seven companies looking to take part in the country’s upcoming auction of LTE-suitable spectrum, Taiwan’s National Communication Commission (NCC) has said it now expects the sale process to be concluded in November. According to Focus Taiwan News Channel, citing NCC spokesman Yu Hsiao-cheng, all applicants received high enough scores to qualify for the bidding process, which will begin on 3 September 2013.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, 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 will make available 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 would raise some TWD35.9 billion (USD1.2 billion) in total.