Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) will kick off the country’s 5G spectrum auction on 10 December 2019, Focus Taiwan News Channel reports, citing comments made by the regulator’s acting chairman Chen Yaw-shyang. It is understood that, at a hearing called by the transportation committee of the Legislative Yuan, Chen laid out the schedule for the sale, confirming that the NCC aims to award 5G licences to winning bidders by the end of January 2020. Applications to participate are already being accepted, with a deadline for would-be bidders set as 3 October. To date, seven application forms have been sold to interested parties.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Taiwan is expected to offer a total of 2,790MHz in the upcoming spectrum auction, across the 1800MHz (20MHz), 3.5GHz (270MHz) and 28GHz (2,500MHz) bands. The NCC has now also confirmed that the floor price for the 3.5GHz frequencies has been set at TWD24.3 billion (USD784 million), while starting prices for the 1800MHz and 28GHz bands will be TWD3.2 billion and TWD2.5 billion, respectively.
Looking further ahead, the report also notes that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MoTC) is planning to launch a second round of 5G spectrum auctions in 2023 – after consulting with the NCC. In this secondary sale process, the MoTC was cited as saying it has tentatively planned to release bandwidth totalling 200MHz in the frequency range of below 6GHz, in addition to between 37GHz and 40GHz in the range above 6GHz. Detailed plans for this second frequency sale will not be finalised until the results of this year’s auction are revealed, the MoTC confirmed, however.