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.


Taiwan market: Bidding for new 4G band units to be less intense, says TWM president

TaiwanTaiwan’s National Communications Commission will offer 2,600MHz frequency band units with total bandwidth of 190MHz for 4G mobile communication operation through open-bid competition in September 2015. Competition in the upcoming bidding process is expected to be less intense than that of last time for 700MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz band units in October 2013, according to Taiwan Mobile (TWM) president James Jeng.


Taiwan Mobile to offer fastest 4G mobile service in country

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwan Mobile Co. (台灣大哥大), the country’s second-largest wireless service provider, said Thursday it will establish Taiwan’s fastest fourth-generation (4G) mobile network next month after integrating its current frequency bands.  The company said it recently gained approval from the National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家通訊傳播委員會) to use a 5-megaherz (MHz) block of the 700 MHz frequency band that it purchased from Ambit Microsystems Corp. last September.


Taiwan Mobile on top among local telecom carriers

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Mobile (台灣大哥大) remained the top earner among local telecom carriers with earnings per share (EPS) of NT$4.45, followed by Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) with NT$3.94 and Far EasTone (FET) with NT$2.90. The three major telecom carriers also saw earnings during the period January to September top their targets. CHT (中華電信), Taiwan’s No. 1 telecom carrier by revenue, earned NT$30.5 billion, or NT$3.94 per share, in net income. CHT’s net income for the first nine months inched up 0.2 percent year-on-year, attaining 85.2 percent of its goal.


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.


Taiwan Mobile unveils own-branded 4G phones & tablet

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Mobile Co. (台灣大哥大), the country’s second-biggest mobile provider, introduced Thursday the new lineup of its own-branded mobile devices catering to price-sensitive subscribers to Taiwan’s upcoming 4G LTE network. The two 4G-enabled smartphones and a tablet in the Amazing series, manufactured by Chinese handset maker ZTE Corp., will be available next month and will start from NT$4,990 (US$166).


Taiwan Mobile’s 4G network coverage to come online in July

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Mobile Co. (台灣大哥大), the country’s second largest mobile provider, will roll out 4G broadband service starting in July, and there will be enough coverage so that between 70 and 80 percent of the local population will be able to access the service. Taiwan Mobile’s staff are currently working hard in order to launch the service on schedule, Taiwan Mobile General Manger James Cheng (鄭俊卿) said yesterday.


Taiwan Mobile to see faster 4G development: firm

TAIPEI — Taiwan Mobile Co., the country’s second-largest mobile provider, will benefit from a faster-than-expected development of 4G mobile devices using the 700 MHz frequency, according to J.P. Morgan Securities. Taiwan Mobile announced April 30 that it had gained a 4G operational license and is looking to launch 4G services in July when its network coverage reaches a certain scale.