Taiwanese Cabinet ratifies 4G timetable

14 Mar 2012

Having set out its provisional timeline for the issuing of fourth-generation concessions last month, Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that it expects to begin implementing 4G wireless standards in July 2013. According to Taiwan Today, the regulator has revealed that the Cabinet has given the green light to its plans, with NCC minister Su Herng cited as saying: ‘The issuing of licences will be completed by June 2014 … As part of this process, the NCC is consulting with the private sector and all relevant parties, as well as mapping out complementary measures addressing the needs of business and the public.’ With the remarks made at a round-table discussion between the NCC, representatives of the country’s major telcos and officials from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, a number of other issues were also examined, including the release date for 4G concessions, regulatory easing on imports of mainland Chinese telecoms equipment, and service rate adjustments. Notably, the report stated that the NCC remains flexible on the technologies it expects operators to adopt for the delivery of fourth-generation services.