NT$6 billion added to dev’t of Taiwan 5G infrastructure

Taiwan will allocate an extra NT$6 billion to a five-year plan to build 5G infrastructure nationwide from 2021 to avoid being caught short by technological changes brought forward by China tech companies. (AP)
Taiwan will allocate an extra NT$6 billion to a five-year plan to build 5G infrastructure nationwide from 2021 to avoid being caught short by technological changes brought forward by China tech companies. (AP)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – Are you ready for the next telecom revolution? To avoid being caught short by technological changes, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) plans to allocate an extra NT$6 billion to a five-year plan to build 5G infrastructure nationwide from 2021.

The MOTC has already spent NT$3 billion in its current four-year plan from 2017-2020 to develop intelligent transportation systems, including the development of Internet of Vehicles for motorcycles.

Taiwan has achieved a competitive advantage in this field, according to Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) who noted that improved mobile communication systems help facilitate the collection and exchange of information between vehicles and public networks.

The goal is to smooth traffic by improving data management via 5G networks. That’s one of the reasons why Taiwan is moving forward with super-speedy wireless telecom networks and cool, ultra-fast 5G smartphones.

The new era of communication aims to make life smarter, Lin said at the at an international forum on green and intelligent transportation systems on Tuesday, adding that applications are expected in the areas of public safety, disaster prevention and the provision of services in remote and rural areas.

Lin indicated that the government is currently looking at formulating a 5G spectrum policy and re-purposing spectrum auctions for the 5G era which are likely to be in line with past practices.

Taiwan has already sided with and the U.S. its closest allies, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, by banning Huawei equipment in their mobile networks. Huawei has nevertheless signed agreements to offer 5G service or trials in many markets in Asia and Europe.

According to the National Communications Commission (NCC), Taiwan has had a ban in place for the past six years on the use of core telecommunications equipment manufactured by Chinese companies.

The decision was made in 2013 after prudent assessment of the national and information security risks, in light of the sophistication of the 4G cellular network technology. ●

By Dimitri Bruyas with CNA