NCC approves plans for 1800MHz spectrum swap between FET and Taiwan Mobile

18 Jul 2014

Taiwanese telecoms regulator the National Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly given the nod to the exchange of spectrum in the 1800MHz band between Taiwan Mobile and Far EasTone (FET). According to the Digitimes, the move will enable both of the aforementioned operators to begin offering 4G services on a commercial basis as early as the end of the third quarter of 2014.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in October 2013 Taiwan Mobile secured the ‘C1’ block in the 1800MHz band (1805MHz-1820MHz), while FET acquired the ‘C4’ block (1840MHz-1850MHz); both operators also won 700MHz frequencies at that date as part of the NCC’s spectrum auction. However, C1 block is presently used by FET for its 2G services, while in a similar fashion Taiwan Mobile is using the frequencies in block C4 for its second-generation offerings. With both of the respective 2G concessions not set to expire until June 2017, negotiations between the duo got underway last month with a view to exchanging a 5MHz portion of the C4 block for a 5MHz chunk of the C1 block in order to allow both to inaugurate commercial LTE-based services.