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4G adoption rate 60 percent by year's end: NCC

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The National Communication Commission (NCC, 國家傳播委員會) yesterday stated that it expects adoption rates for the fourth-generation mobile broadband network to reach 60 percent before the end of this year.

Since the conclusion of last year's zealous 4G operating license bidding by competing companies, the regulator has handed out development approval to Chunghua Telecom (中華電), Taiwan Mobile (台灣大) and Far EasTone (遠傳).

According to the NCC, telecoms carriers are fervently gearing up for the 4G network's launch later this year, and are poised to meet its minimum requirement of a 50-percent adoption rate within a 5-year window by the end of 2014. Taiwan's three leading telecoms carrier are also expected to lay out more than the 250 required 4G signal towers by the end of this year.

The Consumers' Foundation (消基會) however, had previously deemed the NCC's minimum infrastructure investment and subscriber coverage guidelines inadequate, as consumers residing in more rural regions may not be afforded the same level of service as urban areas. In response, the NCC pledged government resources for the mobile data needs of rural regions.

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