NCC to break Chunghwa Telecom’s last-mile monopoly

16 May 2006

The National Communications Commission (NCC) is set to implement a new policy that will remove the monopoly held by Chunghwa Telecom on ‘last-mile’ connections in Taiwan, according to industry sources. Under the new policy, Chunghwa will be required to lease its subscriber line networks to competitors at reasonable rates. As it stands, Chunghwa’s LLU pricing is high, with the result that alternative operators have leased fewer than 100 circuits. In order to improve the situation, NCC is expected to require Chunghwa to open up its fixed line subscriber lines in Taiwan’s principal metropolitan areas of Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung this year, with the remaining part of western Taiwan to follow in 2007, and the rest of the country in 2008.

Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom