APT’s 5G coverage to reach 90% of Taiwanese population by end of 2021

Taiwanese operator Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) said it expects its 5G network to reach 90% of the country’s population by the end of this year, according to a local newspaper Taipei Hours reported.

According to the report, the phone company expects to have a total of 9,500 5G base stations by the end of 2021 under an infrastructure sharing deal with Far EasTone Telecommunications.

Asia Pacific currently provides 5G services through 7,500 base stations using the 3.5 GHz spectrum owned by Far EasTone.

“Asia-Pacific has gained a new opportunity to prosper, thanks to new telecommunications regulations that allow telecoms to co-share and co-build 5G networks,” said company president Lu Fang-ming .

In March, Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) gave conditional approval to Asia Pacific Telecom to share Far EasTone Telecommunications 5G frequencies using its own 5G network. In September 2020, FET and APT announced a partnership to provide 5G services on Taiwan’s 3.5 GHz frequency band.

Asia Pacific Telecom said it saw a rebound in subscriber numbers after rolling out its 5G services in October last year. According to the report, the phone company saw a 17% increase in the average revenue per user of 5G subscribers compared to its 4G users.

The operator also announced plans to upgrade 20% of its mobile subscriber base – or roughly 400,000 users – to its new 5G services by the end of this year.

Earlier this week, NCC gave the green light to Far EasTone to invest NT $ 5 billion ($ 179 million) for an 11.58% stake in Asia Pacific.

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Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) currently leads the Taiwanese 5G market, according to the report, with nearly one million subscribers. The operator is expected to reach 2 million 5G customers by the end of the year.

The operator currently operates a total of 8,000 5G base stations, and plans to expand that figure to 10,000 by the end of the year, the sources said.

The operator was the first telecommunications operator in Taiwan to receive a license for 5G services from the National Communications Commission (NCC). Chunghwa Telecom has launched 5G commercial services in Taiwan based on the non-autonomous 5G architecture (NSA).

Meanwhile, Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) has already secured more than 800,000 5G subscribers and expects 5G service users to account for 30% of its total mobile services by the end of 2021. The company has already deployed more than 7,000 5G base stations, with its coverage reaching 75% of the total population of Taiwan.

Taiwan Mobile currently has 800,000 subscribers in the 5G segment and aims to increase its 5G penetration rate to 30% by the end of the year, according to the report.

Taiwan Mobile had partnered with Nokia to launch its 5G network. The telephone company had acquired 60 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band and 200 megahertz in the 28 GHz frequency.

Janice J. Kostka