World's First Commercial LTE Service on APT700 Band Launched
Published on: 5th Jun 2014
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Taiwan's FarEasTone Telecommunications (FET) has become the first mobile operator in the world to launch a commercial LTE service on the APT700 band, based on technologies provided by Ericsson.
The cooperation is the latest from a long-standing relationship between Ericsson and FarEasTone, who announced a deal in March that will see Ericsson deploy 4G radio and core networks, expand 3G coverage and provide technical support services for FarEasTone.
Yvonne Li, President of FarEasTone, says: "We are proud to roll out the first commercial LTE network in the world on the APT700 band. Through our long and successful relationship with Ericsson, we achieved another significant advancement in the telecom industry."
In October 2013 the Taiwanese government completed its LTE spectrum auction and six licenses were awarded on three frequencies: APT700, 900, and 1800 MHz. FET was awarded licenses on the APT700 and 1800 MHz frequencies.