To create the type of mobile broadband service and coverage that directly meets citizens’s needs, the central government has budgeted NT$15 billion (US$500 million) for 26 projects to provide widespread access, enhance the environment and upgrade the industry. With a quality environment for mobile broadband access, citizens will soon be able to enjoy fast, excellent connections at affordable prices.
This initiative contains five action plans: expediting the expansion of the network, creating innovative applications and services, protecting consumers’ rights, developing technologies, and cultivating top technicians in the field. When fully implemented, the initiative is expected to bring 4G service to 10 million Taiwanese households and annually generate over NT$30 billion (US$1 billion) in business.
Taiwan issued 4G telecom licenses in 2013 and launched commercial operations in 2014. The success of 4G communication hinges on the number of base stations that can be installed, and the deployment of such base stations depends primarily on the public’s perceptions about the effects of radio waves on the human body. Hence, the government is working diligently to promote awareness on these issues.
Around the world, small-cell base stations are being adopted by more countries to accommodate the large bandwidth requirements of 4G or 5G transmission. As small-cell base stations deliver a lower amount of power, their transmissions affect humans less than microwave radiation does. It is therefore imperative to promote a correct understanding of this technology among the public. The government will also roll out complementary measures such as allowing base stations to be set up in public buildings such as post offices, police stations and fire stations.
4G Promotion Initiative Program Framework