Taiwan’s NCC outlines 4G licensing timetable

13 Feb 2012

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that it expects to issue three fourth-generation concessions within the next three years, Taiwan Today reports, citing NCC minister Su Herng. Detailing the government’s plans, the minister noted: ‘We will start reviewing applications for 4G licences in the second half of next year and issue at least three licences by 2015, one year ahead of the originally set goal of 2016.’ It is understood that the licences on offer will be valid for 15 years.

Further, in response to criticism that the state has dragged its feet regarding the introduction of 4G licensing, NCC commissioner Chen Cheng-tsang has argued that the two-year period for issuing such concessions is reasonable, claiming: ‘Right now we have to work with the Ministry of National Defense to free up a specific range of spectrums for 4G communications … After that we have to exchange opinions with experts to draw up relevant regulations. In addition, a review and auction process of at least nine months is absolutely necessary.’