NCC investigating APT/Taiwan Mobile ‘roaming’ deal

2 Jan 2015

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that it is investigating whether Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) has violated regulations regarding network roaming, according to the Taipei Times. This investigation is said to have been launched on the back of complaints from three of the nation’s other mobile providers – Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone and Taiwan Star – related to a deal signed between APT and Taiwan Mobile which allows the former to offers its customers 4G service in those areas it does not cover via access to the latter’s infrastructure. However, the complainants have argued that such a roaming deal is not a permissible practice, according to existing government regulations.

Liang Wen-hsing, acting deputy director at the NCC’s telecommunications administration department, was cited as saying that the watchdog was still clarifying some of the details of the case to determine which regulations apply. Further, the commission is also said to be considering whether the actual practice of the two companies in question actually meets the definition for roaming.