Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Taiwan may soon embrace 5G communications, as the Cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to designate unused parts of the airwaves, known as spectrum, for 5G trials by public and private corporations.
The government will hold its first 5G spectrum auction on Dec. 10 and will start issuing 5G licenses by the end of January 2020, said Tsai Zse-hong (蔡志宏), executive secretary of the Office of Science and Technology, citing Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).
Under the plan approved by the Cabinet on Thursday, the government will allocate NT$20.5 billion (US$655 million) over the next four years to creating an environment for the development of innovative 5G apps, Su said.
He said 5G is not limited to the telecommunications industry and has great potential with regard to the development of new applications that incorporate smart technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
So far, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., Taiwan Mobile Co., Asia Pacific Telecom Co., and HTC Corp. have applied for access to the designated spectrum -- a frequency band between 4.8GHz and 4.9GHz -- to conduct 5G experiments, according to data from the National Communications Commission (NCC).
However, all eligible companies in the public and private sectors can apply for access to the trial 5G spectrum, Chen Chung-shu (陳崇樹) director of the NCC Department of Frequency and Resources, said Thursday.
The NCC also plans to designate other frequencies for 5G in the future, he said.