No LTE in Taiwan for 7 years

Staff writer
03 Jun 2009

Taiwan's operators have always been coy about discussing LTE. Now we know why.

Wimax will be the only choice in the market for seven years, according to NCC commissioner Chin-nan Hsien.

Hsien says the regulator plans to issue spectrum for LTE at 700-MHz, but that it will take three years to reclaim the frequencies from the military and police. It will take a further two years to conclude the licensing process and another two years after that before LTE can commercially begin.

The Taiwan government is, of course, a strong supporter of Wimax, which is backed by several local vendors so the slow crawl to LTE comes as no surprise.

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