Following a knockout spectrum auction that ended earlier this year, Taiwan’s telecom operators have moved quickly to develop nationwide 5G networks, roll out 5G-specific applications and content for consumers, and begin partnering with other industries on a wide range of vertical applications. 2020 is the Year of 5G in Taiwan. While it may seem like…

Following a blowout 5G spectrum auction earlier this year, in which a massive NT$142.19 billion (US$4.7 billion) worth of bandwidth was purchased, Taiwan’s major telecom service providers are moving swiftly to start building their 5G networks. Taiwan Star Telecom locked down a contract with Nokia in late May to support its construction of a 5G…

A draft Telecommunications Management Act aimed at modernizing the regulatory structure has been sent to the legislature. Despite the immense technological advances that have profoundly shifted the telecommunications industry over the past decades, Taiwan’s telecom sector continues to be regulated by a law dating back to 1958. Taiwan has long been aware of its need…

As online media and streaming services continue to grow, the telecommunications industry requires further rate deregulation to remain competitive. In its position paper in the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei’s recently released 2017 Taiwan White Paper, the Chamber’s Telecommunications & Media Committee addressed this need for further deregulation by recommending the National Communications Commission…

Far EasTone is supporting the Morgan Stanley bid for CNS as a holder of non-convertible bonds. Photo: CNA

Three operators with majority private-equity control are seeking approvals for changes in ownership. A decade or so ago, international private-equity (PE) firms looked on Taiwan’s major cable television enterprises as an excellent fit for their investment objectives. They saw opportunities to significantly improve the performance of companies in the cable sector to enable an eventual…

NCC Chairwoman Nicole Chan. Photo: CNA

The National Communications Commission (NCC) surprised industry stakeholders in the fall of 2015 when, after years of study and preparation, it abruptly released the proposed text of a series of five new laws intended to promote digital convergence. The five draft acts cover electronic communication, telecom infrastructure and resources, cable systems, telecom services, and terrestrial…