Asia Pacific Telecom announces 5G launch

23 Oct 2020

Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has begun offering a commercial 5G service, having done so both by leveraging a spectrum sharing agreement with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) and using its own frequencies. In a press release outlining the development, APT confirmed it has launched 5G connectivity over both the 3.5GHz band, which it has access to via its deal with FET, and the 28GHz band. With regards to its use of the higher band spectrum, APT claims to have become the first domestic operator to use such frequencies commercially, highlighting the importance of doing so as it looks to target enterprise users. Its initial 28GHz deployment will focus on densely populated areas, while the Taipei Times reports that the cellco is aiming to turn a profit in the next three to five years by increasing revenue contribution from enterprise customers.

With regards to its consumer-focused offerings, prices for APT’s 5G tariffs are broadly similar to those of its rivals, starting at TWD599 (USD21) per month for a plan offering downlink speeds of 500Mbps for the first 24GB of data used each month and 5Mbps thereafter, with unlimited on-net calls. At the other end of the scale, the cellco’s premium 5G offering advertises unlimited data at speeds of 1.5Gbps, again in addition to unlimited on-net calls, for TWD2,699 per month.