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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 20 Aug 2021

NCC issues alerts on purchase and use of OTT TV boxes

"Over-the-top (OTT) TV boxes", also known as "internet protocol TV boxes", are small home electronic devices that can be used to download and stream media content. They are subject to the National Communications Commission's (NCC's) prior inspection and type approval before their introduction to the market. The NCC specifically prohibits device suppliers from offering any firmware or software......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 13 Aug 2021

NCC completes consultation on 5G vertical applications in 4.8–4.9GHz bands

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently completed its consultation on 5G vertical applications in the designated frequencies of 4.8–4.9GHz. It plans to enact a specific regulation for the operation of the designated mobile broadband networks no later than the end of 2021, subject to the results of spectrum clearance in the 4.8–4.9GHz band. The NCC will use the consultation to......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 9 Jul 2021

MOTC plans priority of spectrum allocation for beyond 5G satellite communication

In light of the growing need for high-speed broadband services in uneconomical rural areas, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has affirmed that next generation satellite communications are the right solution in the immediate future. The MOTC is actively pursuing amendments to the Radio Frequency Supply Plan by bringing forward the use of next generation satellite......
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Shay & Partners | 2 Jul 2021

NCC imposes special obligations on designated telecoms service providers

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently imposed special obligations relating to service quality on the five mobile network operators (MNOs) and major fixed network operators. The NCC further ordered the MNOs – the top three of which currently each own fixed networks nationwide – to jointly propose draft articles of association for the NCC's review by the end of February 2022.
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Shay & Partners | 25 Jun 2021

NCC considers share use of 2100MHz band for 3G voice service

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently announced that it is considering share use of the 2100MHz band exclusively for circuit switched fallback 3G voice service but not for further share use in 4G or 5G services. A 60-day public consultation will begin in July 2021. However, the NCC has reaffirmed its statement that, for the sake of fair play, it plans no spectrum sharing for......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 21 May 2021

Harmony band in 6GHz for WiFi

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications recently announced that it will confirm no later than 1 July 2021 its deregulation of the 5925MHz to 6425MHz band for indoor use by low-power wireless information transmission equipment, provided that such use does not interfere with legitimate communications and tolerates interference therefrom.
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 14 May 2021

NCC invites public comments on amendment to Cable TV Act

Following its unsuccessful attempt in 2020 to introduce mandatory binding arbitration into the Cable TV Act, the National Communications Commission (NCC) has proposed an alternative dispute resolution scheme for entertainment licensing between channel operators and cable system operators. The NCC will soon initiate a public consultation on the proposed amendment to the Cable TV Act, which......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 2 Apr 2021

NCC approves first application for 5G spectrum sharing

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently approved the first application for 5G spectrum sharing under the new Telecoms Act. The application was jointly filed by FarEasTone and Asia Pacific Telecom. While it granted the approval, the NCC placed independent network management obligations on the two operators and instructed them to build a joint task force to ensure compliance with......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 5 Mar 2021

Mobile operators accelerate 5G for business

Taiwanese mobile operators are aiming for mass user migration to 5G networks in 2021, following confirmation that a special government budget of approximately NT$15.5 billion has been allocated to a subsidy scheme for 5G network deployment between 2021 and 2022. It is forecasted that 5G users will account for 30% of total mobile broadband subscribers in 2021, compared with approximately 6% in......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 5 Feb 2021

Mobile operator's security breach hits headlines

The National Communications Commission recently issued an official order of recall against Taiwan Mobile, one of the country's top three mobile operators. The order concerned Taiwan Mobile's self-branded smartphone (the Amazing A32), which had been supplied by a Chinese company and was sold to more than 94,191 subscribers between April 2018 and July 2020. Although not uncommon in China, this......
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