Taiwan will reportedly launch a second 4G spectrum auction in the third quarter of 2015, according to Want China Times, which cites comments made by National Communications Commission (NCC) chairperson Shih Shih-hao to sister paper Want Daily. With six operators expected to vie for frequencies in the sale process, it has been suggested that the auction could generate more than TWD15 billion (USD494 million) for state coffers. A total of 190MHz of LTE-suitable spectrum is expected to be released for sale, including 50MHz for Time Division Duplex LTE (TDD-LTE) and 140MHz for Frequency Division Duplex (FDD-LTE) technology.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Taiwan’s 4G spectrum sale which concluded in October 2013 saw the total value of the combined bids reach TWD118.65 billion, well above the floor price of approximately TWD35.9 billion. In that auction Chunghwa Telecom acquired the largest batch of frequencies, having paid TWD39.08 billion for three frequency blocks totalling 35MHz of bandwidth, while Far EasTone bagged 30MHz of bandwidth with bids totalling TWD31.32 billion. Taiwan Mobile Company acquired a total of 30MHz of new spectrum for TWD29.01 billion, while new players Ambit Microsystems Corp, backed by Hon Hai Group, and Star of Taiwan, a subsidiary backed by Ting Hsin International Group, claimed 20MHz and 10MHz of the available spectrum for TWD9.18 billion and TWD3.655 billion, respectively. Rounding out the winners, Asia Pacific Telecom paid TWD6.415 billion for a 10MHz block of LTE-suitable spectrum.