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4G license auction likely to be concluded in November: NCC

4G license auction likely to be concluded in November: NCC

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) The National Communication Commission (NCC) announced Tuesday that it has finished an initial review of the qualifications of seven applicants for fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband network operating licenses. The commission said that bidding will start Sept. 3, with the entire auction process expected to be completed in November. The regulator said it has completed preliminary assessments of Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone, Taiwan Mobile, Asia Pacific Telecom, Ambit Microsystems Corp. backed by Hon Hai group and two other companies backed by Ting Hsin International Group and Shinkong Group. NCC spokesman Yu Hsiao-cheng said that all seven applicants received high enough scores to qualify for the bidding process. Yu noted that the NCC spent 19 days going through 180 rounds of bidding to complete the auction for the previous 3G license, but said the 4G auction is expected to take much more time. Yu said the NCC cannot estimate how much time the 4G auction will take but hopes the bidding can be completed by November. The NCC disclosed a base price of NT$35.9 billion (US$1.2 billion) for the upcoming auction of bandwidth to be assigned to 4G mobile broadband services. Yu said that three frequency bands -- 700 megahertz (MHz), 900MHz and 1800MHz -- will be released for a simultaneous-multiple-round auction and then assigned to the successful bidders. Based on the precedents set during the 3G network era, total bids for 4G licenses are expected to exceed NT$50 billion -- 1.46 times the base bid, the NCC said, quoting industry estimates. (By Hsu Hui and Y.L. Kao)


Updated : 2021-05-08 13:26 GMT+08:00