Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom has reportedly been issued with its 5G operating licence, making it the first of the five companies that secured 5G-suitable spectrum earlier this year to be officially awarded its concession. Confirming the development in a press release, the National Communications Commission (NCC) noted that, with Chunghwa having met the statutory obligations of its business plan, it had been decided to issue it with a concession which allows for the launch of a commercial 5G offering.
On the back of the decision to award the licence, local news outlet Focus Taiwan reported that Chunghwa is targeting 1 July 2020 for a commercial switch-on, though it noted that it is still considering pricing models for subscribers. Meanwhile, the report notes that – according to NCC Chief Secretary Hsiao Chi-hong – the cellco has already deployed 5G-enabled base stations across the country’s six special municipalities: Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Chunghwa emerged as the biggest spender in the frequency sale that closed in January 2020, securing a total of 90MHz in the 3.5GHz band for TWD45.675 billion (USD1.5 billion), and 600MHz in the 28GHz band for TWD618 million. Subsequently, in March 2020 the cellco at selected Nokia to oversee its 5G radio network deployment in the Central and Southern Region of the country, while another vendor, Ericsson, announced it had been contracted ‘to provide the 5G platform to support [Chunghwa’s] future network’.