By: Central News Agency
The National Communications Commission (NCC) said Saturday that it has given approval for the sale of 20 5G-compatible phone models in Taiwan, nine of which have not yet been released on the market.
Since 5G services were launched in Taiwan on July 1, demand for monthly plans has remained low, with consumers deterred by factors such as high data prices, limited network coverage, and a narrow choice of phones that are expensive.
To date, only 11 5G-compatible phone models are available on the Taiwan market — seven made by Samsung, two by Oppo, and one each by Sony and LG.
Nine of them are priced between NT$20,000 (US$680) and NT$40,000, while two of the Samsung models cost NT$12,000 to NT$15,000.
In an interview with CNA on Saturday, an NCC official said consumers will soon have a broader range of options, as the NCC has now approved the sale of 20 5G phones, nine of which have not yet been released.Several industry insiders have also expressed confidence that 5G sales will pick up when new and more affordable phones become available in the second half of the year. [FULL STORY]