Until now, spectrum trading has not been deregulated in Taiwan, except for the transfer of spectrum used by one mobile operator to another operator through company consolidation approved by the competent telecommunications authorities.
Three out of the five NCC commissioners have openly voiced their approval of the plan to deregulate spectrum trading in 2013. Most NCC commissioners are inclined to deregulate spectrum trading so that licensed operators will have more flexibility planning their required frequencies and adjusting their business models. This will also encourage operators holding both 4G and 2G licences to accelerate the phase-out of legacy systems and upgrade to or provide advanced mobile broadband services. On November 14 2012 the NCC decided to allow incumbent 2G global system for mobile communications operators to continue to operate on their licensed bands until June 30 2017.