Taiwanese multi-service operator Chunghwa Telecom has announced the launch of commercial 4G services, almost two months ahead of schedule, the Taipei Times reports. With the development making the company the first in the country to offer customer LTE-based tariffs, prices for the service range from TWD236 (USD7.75) per month to TWD2,636 per month, and Chunghwa has said it aims to have signed up 400,000 4G subscribers by the end of 2014. No information regarding the initial scope of network coverage have been detailed, however.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month it was confirmed that Chunghwa was among three operators to have received formal permission from local telecoms regulator the National Communications Commission (NCC) to launch commercial 4G services. Prior to that, Chungwha emerged from the state’s auction of LTE-suitable spectrum in October 2013 with the largest batch of frequencies. At that date it was confirmed that the telco had agreed to pay TWD39.08 billion (USD1.33 billion) for three frequency blocks totalling 35MHz of bandwidth, with those blocks being the ‘B2’ block in the 900MHz band and the ‘C2’ and ‘C5’ blocks in the 1800MHz band.