APT, Ambit to jointly invest TWD2bn in 4G infrastructure rollouts

29 Apr 2015

Taiwanese multi-service operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) and yet-to-launch 4G service operator Ambit Microsystems, both of which are affiliates of local electronics manufacturing giant Hon Hai (Foxconn), will jointly invest around TWD2 billion (USD65 million) in 4G base stations and equipment. According to Want China Times, which cites Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times, at least four major vendors are reportedly in the running for the contract, those being Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Huawei.

With a merger of APT and Ambit having been suspended by the National Communications Commission (NCC) earlier this month over a roaming dispute, the regulator has reportedly requested both companies roll out their own LTE-based networks without leveraging the other carrier’s network. Further, Ambit will be required to have at least one operational base before its 4G concession expires in June 2015, while each of the two companies is required to have deployed up to 2,000 base stations before end-2015, as outlined in their business plans.