Taiwan Approves More LTE Licenses and 4G Number Portability
Published on: 8th Jun 2014
Taiwan's telecoms regulator has approved the allocation of a LTE license to a new entrant, Taiwan Star Cellular Group, which now plans to launch its network in the 3rd quarter of this year.
In order to speed up its growth, it has applied to buy the incumbent, Vibo Telecom, although that transaction is still waiting for regulatory approval. A share swap between the two companies is still scheduled to take place later this week though.
Applications for LTE licenses by Ambit Microsystems, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry, and by Asia Pacific Telecom are still pending final clearance.
In related news, the regulator also announced that the incumbent mobile networks will be allowed to port numbers between their existing 3G services and the new 4G services.
There had been the theoretical risk that customers seeking to upgrade would have to take out a new number as well. The law change to permit migrations between the networks still needs to be cleared by the government, but that is expected to be a simple formality.