Taiwanese mobile network operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) will reportedly construct 3,000 4G base stations in the first phase of its network rollout, according to the Digitimes, which cites the cellco’s president Vincent Chih. With APT said to have placed initial orders for LTE-based equipment with French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent, it is now aiming to introduce commercial services in the third quarter of this year, earlier than the fourth quarter launch it had originally planned.
Meanwhile, going forward, Mr Chih has indicated that APT will seek to compete for 2600MHz spectrum following reports that the National Communications Commission (NCC) is planning to release three frequency blocks in that band. Should the cellco secure such spectrum it is understood that it will add some 8,000 4G base stations to its footprint; while its 700MHz base stations will reportedly focus on providing sufficient coverage of the target population, APT is likely to deploy 2600MHz base stations to increase overall capacity for 4G services to optimise the use of all band units available, the executive noted. Further, with regards to the introduction of 4G services, Chih also confirmed that his company is open to any type of cooperation, including a merger, with one of the nation’s other LTE licence holders.