Taiwan Star to call on Asia Pacific Telecom for early spectrum release?

21 Nov 2013

Taiwan Star Cellular, which emerged from the state’s recent 4G auction with a 10MHz block of spectrum in the 900MHz band, may look to strike a deal with established player Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) in order to speed up the rollout of its LTE-based services, Digitimes claims. According to the local press source, with APT currently utilising the B1 frequency band that was won by Taiwan Star Cellular to provide 3G services, the former’s concession is not due to expire until 2018. However, it cites unnamed sources as suggesting that the newcomer may call on APT to release a portion of the spectrum in question with a view to facilitating an earlier launch of 4G services.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Taiwan Star Cellular is backed by Ting Hsin International Group, and paid TWD3.655 billion (approximately USD125 million) for the concession. Earlier this month it was revealed that Taiwan Star Cellular will acquire the controlling stake in local mobile network operator Vibo Telecom. It is believed that the process, under which the new player will effectively gain managerial control of Vibo’s operations, will be completed by the end of this year, once the deal receives approval from the board of directors of both companies.