NCC sets floor prices for next 4G spectrum auction

23 Jul 2015

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed the floor price for the 4G-suitable spectrum in 2.5GHz-2.6GHz bands it expects to offer later this year, the China Post reports. According to the local press source, the starting price for the ‘D1’ licence has been set at TWD3.5 billion (USD112 million), while the ‘D2’ and ‘D3’ concessions have each been priced at a minimum of TWD3.7 billion. Meanwhile, the ‘D4’, ‘D5’ and ‘D6’ licences have been given a floor price of TWD1.9 billion, TWD900 million and TWD700 million, respectively. With applications to take part in the bidding process to be made by 4 September 2015, the regulator is understood to be planning to issue concessions before the end of this year.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Taiwan’s last 4G spectrum auction concluded in October 2013 with the total value of the combined bids for a raft of frequencies in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands standing at TWD118.65 billion. Chunghwa Telecom emerged with the largest batch of frequencies, paying TWD39.08 billion for three frequency blocks totalling 35MHz of bandwidth, while Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile bagged 30MHz of bandwidth apiece. Newcomer Ambit Microsystems claimed a total of 20MHz, with another fresh face – Taiwan Star Cellular – grabbing a 10MHz block, while Asia Pacific Telecom rounded out the winners, having also secured 10MHz of new frequencies.