Taiwan Star, APT handed 5G operating concessions

30 Jul 2020

Taiwan Star and Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) have been awarded 5G operating licences by the National Communications Commission (NCC), according to Focus Taiwan, meaning that five domestic operators now have permission to offer commercial 5G services. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile all secured similar concessions in June 2020, and moved to commercialise the latest generation of mobile broadband technology earlier this month.

In the wake of the latest licensing development, the report notes that Taiwan Star is planning to launch 5G commercially on 4 August, with it aiming to have 1,000 base stations up and running by the end of the year – the bulk of which will be in the country’s six largest cities. It was also noted that Taiwan Star is teaming with another domestic company, Askey Computer Corp, to set up small cell stations with a view to providing a better quality of service by boosting the strength of its signal indoors.

For its part, meanwhile, APT is reportedly planning to introduce a commercial 5G offering in the third quarter of this year. The operator is said to have plans to launch a ‘5G Land’ audio and video entertainment platform, and has said it will work with international partners to provide content for its 5G platform and build a 5G ecosystem.