NCC issues update on approvals for Chunghwa’s 5G business, information security plans

3 Apr 2020

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed its approval of Chunghwa Telecom’s information security plan, paving the way for the operator to launch 5G services in the third quarter of 2020.

With operators required to submit and have approved both a business plan and an information security prior to a commercial 5G launch, the Taipei Times notes that Chungwha’s proposal had previously been given the green light last week. As per the latest development, it was reported that the telco’s information security plan has now been approved after it provided additional information on how it plans to gauge risks; enforce measures to safeguard and control information security; install infrastructure to protect information security; and detect potential threats within a specific time frame, as well as protect users’ personal data when implementing such measures.

Separately, the local news outlet reports that the NCC has also given its approval to Taiwan Mobile’s 5G business plan, albeit on a conditional basis. It is understood that certain conditions have been applied as a result of Taiwan Mobile having previously leased its 4G network to Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) without first seeking its permission. As such, Taiwan Mobile has been told that in respect of any core network sharing plans with other providers, it must first file an application to change its business plan. Further, should Taiwan Mobile seek to share its spectrum with other carriers, it must also file an application in advance which has to be approved by the NCC. Taiwan Mobile’s information security plan is, however, still under review.

Finally, the report also noted that Far EasTone Telecommunications’ business plan was approved last week, but that it has now been asked to provide additional information for its information security plan before a review could continue. APT and Taiwan Star both have yet to receive approval for either their business plan or information security plan.