APT and Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 4G network in Taiwan

Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy an LTE network in Taiwan.

The roll-out will begin in the first half of the year, and APT hopes the LTE network will allow it to become the first service provider in Taiwan to be able to offer VoLTE services.

“While other service providers in Taiwan hold VoLTE licences, APT is the first to announce actual deployment plans,” said Tony Zee, CTO at APT. “Not only will our customers have the best quality of voice, but they will also be able to seamlessly and simultaneously access data as well, while having voice conversations over their devices.”

Initial deployment will begin in the north, central and south regions of Taiwan, and APT aims to complete the roll-out by the year end.

The network from Alcatel-Lucent will mean APT is able to offer mobile internet speeds up to 10 times faster than existing speeds, as well as support the development of mobile broadband services and applications.

“Knowing APT’s network and the exciting new services they plan to offer mobile broadband subscribers has allowed us to collaborate on this extensive project since the national 4G auction plan was released in February 2013,” said Ken Wu, president and managing director of Alcatel-Lucent Taiwan.

“We are looking forward to helping APT quickly enhance the wireless broadband experiences of its customers in Taiwan,” he added.

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