Taiwan's government has approved a budget of NT$20.4 billion (US$647.72 million) for facilitating the development of various value-added and verticalized application services under the 5G networks in the next four years, according to officials.
The program, dubbed Taiwan 5G Mobile Plan, aims to train 4,000 people, establish 10 viable innovative teams and also form an ecosystem consisting of suppliers of chips, modules, antennas, end-devices, edge-computing and system solutions to generate production value of up to NT$50 billion a year, said Zse-hong Tsai, executive secretary of the cabinet-level Office of Science and Technology.
The government is ready to release the first wave of frequency bands including 1,800MHz, 3,500MHz and 2,8000MHz for the use by 5G networks, Tsai revealed, adding that the government is now preparing the bidding procedures for the release of related spectrums as earlier as possible.
Meanwhile, a number of local companies, including Quanta Computer, Advantech, Gigabyte Technology, Accton Technology, Sercomm, Alpha Networks, Gemtek, Wistron NeWeb, and HTC have applied to conduct experiments and testing for related 5G applications, Tsai revealed.
The government also encourages the establishment of cross-industry 5G collaborative platforms, with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) and Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) now leading two 5G national teams, respectively, to accelerate the development of 5G products and solutions.
With government support, a number of startups have rolled out solutions for IoT and 5G applications, such as Touch Cloud for AI-centric image analysis, Kingkit Technology (Webduino) for AIoT cloud platforms, Pampkin Studio for VR and gaming solutions, and AgPro for smart spray systems for the agricultural industry, Tsai noted.