Taiwanese 4G auction winners revealed

31 Oct 2013

Further details regarding the winning bidders in Taiwan’s 4G spectrum have emerged, with Chunghwa Telecom said to have acquired the largest batch of frequencies. The operator is understood to have agreed to pay TWD39.08 billion (USD1.33 billion) for three frequency blocks totalling 35MHz of bandwidth, with those blocks being the ‘B2’ block in the 900MHz band and the ‘C2’ and ‘C5’ blocks in the 1800MHz band. For its part, Far EasTone bagged 30MHz of bandwidth, having won the ‘A2’ block in the 700MHz band, and the ‘C3’ and ‘C4’ blocks in the 1800MHz band, with bids totalling TWD31.32 billion, while Taiwan Mobile Company also acquired a total of 30MHz of new spectrum for TWD29.01 billion (‘A4’ block in the 700MHz band and ‘C1’ block in the 1800MHz band). Ambit Microsystems Corp, backed by Hon Hai Group, claimed a total of 20MHz (‘A3’ block in the 700MHz band and ‘B3’ block in the 900MHz band) for a total of TWD9.18 billion, meanwhile, with Asia Pacific Telecom paying TWD6.415 billion for a 10MHz block in the 700MHz band (block ‘A1’). Rounding out the winners, Star of Taiwan, a subsidiary backed by Ting Hsin International Group, secured the 10MHz ‘B1’ block in the 900MHz band at a cost of TWD3.655 billion.

As reported by CommsUpdate yesterday, the total value of the combined bids for the spectrum offered by the National Communications Commission (NCC) was TWD118.65 billion (USD4.03 billion), well above the floor price of approximately TWD35.9 billion.