Taiwanese regulator National Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly revised regulations governing the island’s fixed network telecommunications industry, paving the way for the establishment of a submarine cable between Taiwan and mainland China. The Taiwan Economic News reports that the revised regulations will take effect by the end of 2010, and work on the first undersea cable across the Taiwan Straits could potentially begin in mid-2011. Although telcos on both sides of the Straits have previously signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) regarding future collaborations, current regulations remain an obstacle.
The NCC and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) have reportedly decided to open up submarine cable links between the two sides on the precondition that such connections are not regulated by cross-strait investment laws. Thus far, Taiwan Mobile Company has earmarked plans to lay a cable from Fanshan in southern Taiwan to Shantou in China’s Guangdong Province, whilst Far EasTone (FET) hopes to lay a cable in collaboration with China Mobile.