Taiwan’s Cabinet approves plan to offer more spectrum for 5G trials

6 Dec 2019

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) is scheduled to kick off its auction for 5G-suitable spectrum across the 1800MHz (20MHz), 3.5GHz (270MHz) and 28GHz (2,500MHz) bands next week, ahead of which the government has reportedly approved a proposal to make additional frequencies available for 5G trials. According to Focus Taiwan, under the plan approved by the Cabinet yesterday (5 December), the state will allocate TWD20.5 billion (USD655 million) over the next four years to help create an environment conducive to the development of innovative 5G apps. As per the government’s plans, it is understood to have designated spectrum between 4.8GHz and 4.9GHz for new 5G trials, and so far, Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone Telecommunications, Taiwan Mobile Company, Asia Pacific Telecom and HTC have all applied for access. Chen Chung-shu, director of the NCC’s Department of Frequency and Resources, was, meanwhile, said to have confirmed that the regulator plans to designate additional frequencies for 5G testing in the future.