Taiwan Mobile’s 5G coverage reaches half of Taiwan’s population

Taiwan Mobile has announced that its 5G coverage has reached 50% of the country’s population.

In a statement, Taiwan Mobile also said it had already built more than 6,000 5G 3.5GHz cell towers at the end of last year, providing 80% 5G coverage in the six special municipalities, with traffic coverage. About 70% 5G internet nationwide.

The Asian operator currently has more than 600,000 subscribers in the 5G segment.

“We are deeply convinced that a successful user experience of 5G network relies first and foremost on coverage, coupled with broadband,” said Taiwan Mobile President Jaime Lin,

“Our efforts have been focused on providing a stable 5G service to attract more users to more regions, accelerating 5G adoptions and penetrations across Taiwan,” said Lin.

Currently, Taiwan Mobile is working closely with Korean telecom company SK Telecom, trying to correct the shortcomings of its 5G networks having weak signals inside and offering tailor-made IoT solutions to enterprises, to improve applications. business and realize the vision of Industry 4.0, said the Taiwanese telecommunications company. .

Taiwan Mobile has 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.

Rival operator Taiwan Star Telecom recently said it expects to reach 550,000 subscribers in the 5G segment by the end of the year. That figure will represent nearly 20% of the operator’s overall mobile base, according to the report.

The phone company, which launched commercial 5G services in August 2020, currently has 120,000 5G customers.

Taiwan Star had attracted 230,000 new mobile customers in 2020, its global subscriber base already surpassing 2.55 million during the year and accounting for nearly 9% of Taiwan’s 29.3 million mobile service users.

In June 2020, the government of Taiwan issued the first 5G license to Chunghwa Telecom, which paved the way for the company to launch 5G commercial offerings in July.

Taiwanese operators Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET), Taiwan Mobile, Taiwan Star Telecom and Asia Pacific Telecom have also launched 5G services after obtaining 5G licenses.

Last month, Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) gave conditional approval to Asia Pacific Telecom Co (APT) to share 5G frequencies from Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (FET) 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.

The two operators have pledged to deploy 2,000 additional base stations to extend their 5G coverage. As part of the plan, FET aims to install 500 5G base stations and 1,000 4G sites within one to two years, while APT is expected to build 500 4G base stations.

FET has already reached over 300,000 5G subscribers, according to previous reports. The operator also said it aims to reach 1 million customers in the 5G segment by the end of next year.

FET said the goal for next year is to achieve 90% 5G coverage of the country.

Janice J. Kostka