Taiwanese cellco Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) expects to launch 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services by the end of 2014, the Taipei Times reports, effectively bringing forward its previously projected 1Q15 launch date. APT remains the only one of Taiwan’s LTE licence holders yet to switch on its 4G network. Market leader Chunghwa Telecom drew first blood on 29 May, and was quickly followed by FarEasTone and Taiwan Mobile, both of which launched in June. Taiwan Star Cellular became the latest operator to unveil its LTE network, in August. A sixth LTE spectrum holder, Ambit Microsystems, is in the process of merging with APT, boosting the latter’s spectrum holdings considerably.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the total value of the combined bids for the LTE spectrum offered by the National Communications Commission (NCC) in October 2013 was TWD118.65 billion (USD4.03 billion), well above the approximate floor price of TWD35.9 billion.