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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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5G spectrum auction ends and real competition begins

Artist : Ms. Viola Liang Taiwan’s 5G spectrum auction came to an end on 21 February 2020. The five incumbents secured the 5G spectrum following a competitive auction with total bids reaching NT$142.191 billion (approximately $4.7 billion) which will be paid within 30 days following the National Communications Commission’s (NCC’s) notice. Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) obtained …

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Online box office liable for data theft and consequential damages

Artist : Mr. Chau-yih Yu In September 2019 a landmark appeal court decision found an online information service provider liable for consequential damages of data theft. In April 2017 subscribers and users of one of Taiwan’s most popular box office websites, EZding, reported numerous data theft incidents. EZding rejected the complaints about its security management, …

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