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Few 4G bidders viable: analysts

OLIGOPOLY INTACT:Analysts say new entrants face challenges because NCC rules favor incumbents, which can allocate services through a combination of 3G and 4G networks

By Kevin Chen  /  Staff reporter

Even so, for both new entrants and incumbents, building a new network and subscriber base are major challenges, Chen said.

On Monday, Chunghwa Telecom president Shih Mu-piao (石木標) said it is likely to cost between NT$20 billion and NT$30 billion (US$667 million and US$1 billion) to build all the infrastructure needed for the 4G network.

Additional reporting by Lisa Wang and Shelley Shan

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