Taiwan’s state-backed Institute for Information Industry (III) signed a pact with the Telecom Technology Center (TTC) on Wednesday to explore a potential spectrum for 5G mobile networks, the Central News Agency reported.
The agreement is expected to accelerate research on the utilization of spectrum resources in Taiwan by testing the III’s pilot projects on wireless technology at the TTC’s laboratory, analysts say.
The agreement could also boost Taiwan’s mobile communications industry if the government can allocate a frequency spectrum needed for 5G soon and set up a “testing field” in a certain area for companies to test their pilot 5G applications, Vice Premier Chang San-cheng said at the signing ceremony.
“This signing of the MOU will help us find a clear path of research and development as well as policy planning for at least the next 10 years,” Chang added.
Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has forecast that by 2020, demand for the 4G spectrum will reach 1,000 MHz. The regulator plans to release more than 2,000 MHz in both 2015 and 2016 to satisfy the needs of 4G operators and prepare for the 5G era.
5G will eventually move toward speeds of 10 Gbps, which would enable a 800-megabyte movie to be downloaded in five seconds, experts say.