Fitel numbers to be reassigned to existing operators

5 May 2015

Howard Shyr, chairman of Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC), has unveiled the bankruptcy measures that are being applied to Personal Handyphone Service (PHS) provider First International Telecom (Fitel), the China Post reports. At a meeting of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee it was revealed that the government will distribute Fitel’s two million allocated mobile numbers to five other cellcos, four of those being: Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone and Asia Pacific Telecom. Meanwhile, it is understood that Fitel’s 400,000 subscribers will have their numbers ported to another provider, with some 5,000 PHS users already said to have been successfully transferred to an alternative cellco.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2014 reports claimed that, with efforts to revive its business having stalled, Fitel was on the verge of halting operation. Such suggestions proved well founded, with it confirmed just a month later that the country’s sole PHS provider had been declared bankrupt by the Taipei District Court. With it given just a week to appeal the court’s ruling, NCC spokesperson Yu Hsiao-cheng was cited at the time as saying: ‘If it becomes clear that the company will not be able to continue operations, the commission will have to cancel its licence to offer the PHS service, as well as the licence to use the frequency.’