Updates

Bill to establish Ministry of Digital Development in preparation

Artist : Mr. Chau-yih Yu A new bill to establish the Ministry of Digital Development is being prepared by Cabinet and will be proposed to the Legislative Yuan in September 2020 for review. According to President Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration address of 20 May 2020, the Ministry of Digital Development will be an industry-oriented government agency …

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Low-power radio frequency equipment further deregulated

Artist : Mr. Chau-yih Yu The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently reviewed and updated its checklist for radio frequency equipment. Following the review, low-power devices below 10mW for Bluetooth, Zigbee, near field communication and radio remote control devices below 1mW operated on unlicensed bands will be excluded from prior approval for distribution. The NCC nevertheless …

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NCC bans Chinese OTT TV services

Artist : Mr. Chau-yih Yu On 17 June 2020 the National Communications Commission (NCC) issued a notice of alert to all licence holders (including terrestrial TV channels, radio stations, satellite TV channels, cable TV channels and telecoms operators) which demands that they stop carrying ads, promotions or sponsorship for Chinese over-the-top (OTT) TV services, specifically …

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Huawei’s confrontation with NCC’s new compliance rule

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently published a new compliance approval regulation for telecoms devices, effective from 20 April 2020. The regulation clarified that the NCC may void approval issued to handsets supplied by Chinese telecoms manufacturers for changing the built-in region caller ID setting from ‘Taiwan’ to ‘Taiwan, China’ if this issue is not …

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distance learning

PTC Channel 3 assigned to provide support for distance learning during pandemic

On 17 April 2020 the National Communications Commission (NCC) reached an agreement with the Ministry of Education that due to possible school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, Channel 3 of Public Television Services (PTS Channel 3) will be assigned to provide support for distance learning to meet the needs of junior and high schools nationwide.  …

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Against Covid-19

Cell site location information helps digital fencing against COVID-19 pandemic

Taiwan’s digital fencing technologies have attracted international attention, but not always for the right reasons. In this respect, concerns have arisen as to privacy protection and the due process of law enforcement. However, in a special hearing called upon by the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan Congress) on 9 April 2020, the Ministry of Justice provided its …

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NCC requisitions airtime to broadcast health-related information

Artist : Mr. Chau-yih Yu The National Communications Commission (NCC) has requisitioned selected airtime from 213 TV channels and 161 radio stations nationwide (foreign channels distributed in Taiwan have been debarred) since 22 January 2020. Each of the selected TV channels must allocate 24 minutes each weekday and 10 minutes each weekend day to broadcast …

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