Ambit and Asia Pacific Telecom secure 4G network construction permits

4 Jul 2014

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly issued a permit to Ambit Microsystems, a subsidiary of the Foxconn Technology Group (Hon Hai) allowing it to move forward with the construction of its proposed 4G network. According to the Taipei Times, the regulator had previously been reluctant to give its permission for rollout to get underway due to the would-be operator’s plan to use equipment supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies. Now, however, it is understood that with Ambit having agreed to discontinue the use of Huawei equipment, the regulatory nod for a 4G infrastructure deployment has been forthcoming. In addition, the report notes that Asia Pacific Telecom (APT), which earlier this month confirmed it will merge with Ambit via a share swap deal, has also secured its network construction permit ‘after supplying complementary information required by the commission’.

However, Ambit and APT are now the only two operators to have secured LTE-suitable spectrum last year that have yet to receive an operating license from the local authorities. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, at the start of May 2014 the NCC issued such permits to existing mobile network operators Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile Company and Far EasTone, while new player Taiwan Star Cellular Group, which is backed by the Ting Hsin International Group, received its operating licence earlier this month.