Far EasTone Secures 5G License in Taiwan, to Launch Service on 1 July

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2020-06-12 14:09:27 | Source:Telecompaper

Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) has received the second 5G license issued by the National Communications Commission (NCC) in Taiwan. Taiwan’s NCC earlier granted Chunghwa Telecom the first 5G license in the country, Taiwan News reports. Both Chunghwa and Far EasTone said they would be able to launch services on 1 July, as each has fulfilled the NCC condition that they establish 250 base stations, according to a CNA report.

Far EasTone invested TWD 4.06 billion (USD 137 million) to secure 80 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band and TWD 412 million for 400 MHz in the 28 GHz band. 

Back in March, Far EasTone selected Ericsson as its 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) vendor. The deal spans 5G RAN across FET’s spectrum assets in the low, mid and high bands using Ericsson Radio System products.

Applications from three other telecom companies are still at an early stage, the NCC said on 3 June. Taiwan Mobile and Taiwan Star Telecom secured spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band during an auction in January, while Asia Pacific Telecom acquired bandwidth in the 28 GHz band. 

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