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NCC requisitions airtime to broadcast health-related information
  • Taiwan
  • 10 April 2020

The National Communications Commission has requisitioned selected airtime from 213 TV channels and 161 radio stations nationwide. Each of the selected TV channels must allocate 24 minutes each weekday and 10 minutes each weekend day to broadcast a one-minute short film with open captions every hour offering health-related information and updates from the Taiwan Centre for Disease Control in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5G spectrum auction ends and real competition begins
  • Taiwan
  • 20 March 2020

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 notice. The regulation governing mobile broadband services requires operators to file for an amendment to their deployment plan and information security plan subsequent to the bid price being paid.

NCC plans for enactment of OTT regulation
  • Taiwan
  • 13 March 2020

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently published a white paper on broadcasting policy, which outlines a possible light-touch regulation for the growing number of over-the-top (OTT) streaming video services. The NCC aims to provide a framework to address the competition between pay TV and OTT services which would require the prior registration of OTT service providers and full disclosure of their terms of use for consumer protection purposes.

Online box office liable for data theft and consequential damages
  • Taiwan
  • 15 November 2019

In September 2019 a landmark appeal court decision found an online information service provider liable for consequential damages of data theft. Before this decision, most data theft cases in civil actions were resolved by a summary judgment under the Personal Data Protection Act, which offers claimants statutory compensation for non-pecuniary damages of between NT$500 and NT$20,000 per incident.

New Telecommunications Act on horizon
  • Taiwan
  • 23 August 2019

The new Telecommunications Act, which enters into force in June 2022, will replace the conventional Type I and II telecom licence categories (ie, facility-based and service-based operators, respectively) which were adopted in 1996 with a more liberal approach and give the National Communications Commission more scope with regard to spectrum management and licensing.


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