Taiwan Mobile Networks Seeking Clarity in 4G License Auction
Published on: 22nd Feb 2013
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By: Ian Mansfield
Taiwan's mobile networks have called on the government to clarify the rules for the planned 4G license auction following confusion about how the auction would affect existing 2G licenses.
Some of the spectrum due to be auctioned off is currently used by the 2G networks and is not due to be released for other services until 2017. It had been suggested that the smaller networks may be persuaded to sell or surrender their 2G licenses early.
"It is important for the government to set clear game rules for 4G license holders so they will have networks that will work," Acer chairman J.T. Wang, who serves as chairman of the Taipei Computer Association (TAC), told the Taipei Times.
The networks have also expressed concerns about the potential reserve prices for the 4G licenses, saying that they should not be set at the high-levels that were used for the 3G licenses in 2002, when the government raised US$1.65 billion from the auction.
On the web: Taipei Times