Taiwan market: FET to set up TD-LTE networks

TaiwanDigi Times — 4G mobile communication operator Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) has acquired D6 frequency band unit(2,595-2,620MHz) and will use it to provide TD-LTE 4G mobile communication services, according to company president Yvonne Li. While all 4G operators in Taiwan provide services based on FDD LTE standard currently, TD-LTE is technologically more convenient than FDD LTE for operators to further upgrade to 5G in the future, Li said.


Open bids for 2,500-2,600MHz bands increase to NT$23.1 billion, says NCC

TaiwanDigi Times — Bids for 2,500-2,600MHz frequency bands for 4G mobile communications on November 26 resulted in total bids of NT$23.100 billion (US$711 million), 60.42% over the total floor price, according to the National Communications Commission (NCC). The closing bidding prices were: NT$5.865 billion for D1, NT$5.640 billion D2, NT$5.640 billion D3, NT$3.005 billion D4, NT$1.445 billion D5 and NT$1.505 billion D6, NCC indicated.


FET may compete for TDD-LTE frequency band, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) is likely to compete for frequency band units designated for TDD-LTE 4G in the open bid to be held by the National Communications Commission (NCC) in November 2015, company president Yvonne Li said at an October 28 investors conference. NCC released 700MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz frequency bands for FDD-LTE operations in October 2013 and will release 2,600MHz frequency bands for FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE in November 2015.


Taiwan wireless carriers sign up for 4G smart city project

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau signed a pact with four Taiwanese wireless carriers on Wednesday to develop smart city applications nationwide, based on the fourth-generation (4G) mobile network. The bureau has approved 19 proposals put forward by Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone Telecommunications and Asia Pacific Telecom and estimated to cost NT$5.8 billion (US$179 million) over the next three years.


Far EasTone targeting 30 percent share of Taiwan’s 4G market in 2015

TaiwanTAIPEI–Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. (遠傳電訊), Taiwan’s third-largest wireless carrier, said that it is targeting a 30 percent share of the country’s fast-growing fourth-generation (4G) mobile market.  Answering reporters’ questions at a public welfare event co-organized with the John Tung Foundation (董氏基金會), Far EasTone President Yvonne Li (李彬) estimated that the number of her company’s 4G users will reach 3 million by the end of this year, double the current figure.


Far EasTone claims it has most 4G users in market

TAIPEI — Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. has the most 4G subscribers in Taiwan with a 40 percent market share, the company said Monday, citing figures from the country’s communications regulator. The latest figures of the National Communications Commission (NCC) showed that as of the end of August, Far EasTone had 250,000 4G users, more than its two bigger telecom rivals, Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile, the company said.


HTC partners with Far EasTone to create largest 4G mobile service provider

TAIPEI, Taiwan — HTC Corp. (宏達電) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Far EasTone Telecom (FET, 遠傳電信) to form a strategic partnership for providing fourth-generation mobile service. The signing ceremony of the MOU between FET and HTC was hosted by FET President Yvonne Li (李彬) and HTC Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-lin (張嘉臨) in Taipei. As FET is expected to launch 4G services soon, the strategic partnership with HTC will give FET an advantage in winning the title of Taiwan’s largest 4G mobile service provider.


4G services may well depress top 3 telecom operators’ bottom lines

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s top three telecom operators’ launch of their own fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) networks is expected to depress the three’s bottom lines, starting from June, Yuanta Investment Consulting said Saturday. Chunghwa Telecom Co., the largest telecom services provider in Taiwan, was the first to launch the 4G network on May 29, followed by rival Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. on June 3 and Taiwan Mobile Co. on the following day.


Far EasTone joins 4G broadband competition

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Following in the footstep of Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), Far EasTone Telecom (遠傳電信) announced its launch of 4G broadband service yesterday, while Taiwan Mobile (台灣大哥大) is expected to roll out the service today. Chunghwa Telecom launched the 4G service on May 29, one month earlier than market expectations, making it the first telecom company to launch the service in Taiwan. Sources say the download speed for 4G is four to seven times faster than 3G, and fast media experience will be the main attraction of 4G broadband.