Hot on the heels of having been granted formal permission to move forward with plans to commercialise LTE technology, Taiwan Star Cellular has formed a strategic alliance with South Korea’s LG Uplus, Digitimes reports. According to the local news source the deal will enable Taiwan Star Cellular to leverage LG Uplus’ experience in the 4G market.
Meanwhile, despite not yet having announced a timetable for the launch of its 4G services, Taiwan Star Cellular is said to have revealed that it aims to increase the number of LTE-enabled base stations it has rolled out by 30% by the end of 2014. As such, the company is aiming to offer 4G coverage to 95% of the Taiwanese population by the end of this year.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in October 2013 Taiwan Star Cellular, a subsidiary backed by Ting Hsin International Group, was named as one of the six companies to have secured LTE-suitable spectrum. For its part, the would-be operator secured the 10MHz ‘B1’ block in the 900MHz band at a cost of TWD3.655 billion (USD122 million). More recently, and looking to further enhance its presence in the Taiwanese cellular sector, in April 2014 it was confirmed that Taiwan Star Cellular would take a 100% in existing mobile network operator Vibo Telecom.