Following the ministry and commission’s announcements, a Tatung InfoComm representative said the plight facing the nation’s WiMax operators is the result of the government’s inconsistent policy regarding the use of radio bands.
Instead of adopting the model used in Europe, Taiwan should opt for an all-TDD model instead, given the fast growth in users of this technology due to the increase in cellphone penetration rates, he said.
Global Mobile chairman Rosemary Ho (何薇玲) said that if it focuses too heavily on FDD development, Taiwan would be the only country in the world to do so, which would be a problem when it moves to develop a 5G services network.
“The commission needs to consider how it wants to relocate current band users to a different frequency. So far, we have seen neither complementary measures nor any compensation plan for band users,” Ho said.
“Also, while 3G operators redeemed their costs after eight years, we have to do it within six years, during which we have invested heavily in construction of infrastructure. Overseas investors will be intimidated by this sudden policy shift and new telecoms will not survive,” Ho said, adding that she hopes the government will not justify such a change because it needs to generate NT$30 billion (US$984 billion) for the state coffers.