In line with its previously announced timetable, Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly kicked off the bidding in its auction of LTE-suitable spectrum, according to the Digitimes. Having approved all seven companies that had applied to take part in the sale process last month, the auction itself could now take as long as a month to be completed.
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 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.