Asia Pacific Telecom aims to reach 90% of population with 5G by end-2021

27 Aug 2021

Taiwanese mobile network operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has said it expects its 5G network to cover 90% of the population by the end of this year, as its 5G base station number reaches 9,500 units by sharing infrastructure with rival Far EasTone (FET). According to the Taipei Times, under a co-build and co-share infrastructure model, APT is currently providing 5G services via 7,500 base stations utilising the 3.5GHz spectrum owned by FET. Meanwhile, APT is said to be aiming to upgrade 20% of its mobile subscriber base – or around 400,000 users – to 5G by the end of 2021.

With the country’s competition watchdog, the Fair Trade Commission, having approved the 5G infrastructure co-sharing proposal between APT and FET earlier this month, the report also notes that the National Communications Commission (NCC) had now given the green light for FET to invest TWD5 billion (USD179 million) in taking an 11.58% stake in APT, in a deal which will also give the former one seat on the latter’s board.

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