NCC outlines plans to offer up more spectrum by end-2016

14 Mar 2017

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that it plans to release 150MHz of 4G spectrum across four frequency bands, Mobile World Live reports. With open bids for the spectrum expected to be completed by the end of this year, the regulator has said it will release frequencies in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands which are currently used for 3G services by existing operators, with concessions for these due to expire in December 2018. Meanwhile, the NCC also plans to offer up additional spectrum in the 1700MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands.

It is understood that the spectrum sale will be conducted in two stages; the first of these will see operators initially bidding for the total bandwidth they require, while in the second stage those successful in the first will select which frequency bands they want. Meanwhile, the NCC is also said to have confirmed its intention to impose obligations regarding improving mobile coverage in remote areas on those that do secure spectrum.