Taiwan Terminates 3G Mobile Communication

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 8:41 AM

The third-generation mobile communication (3G) service is terminated as of December 31, 2018. After this date, all 3G will be terminated and operators will no longer be permitted to operate 3G.

In order to efficiently manage the radio frequency spectrum, operators seeking to use it are required to apply for a concession license valid for a certain period. In compliance with Article 48 of Regulations for Administration of the Third Generation Mobile Communications Business (3G), the duration of a 3G concession license began from the issuance date and remained valid until December 31, 2018.

After this date, the license expires, meaning all 3G will be terminated and operators will no longer be permitted to operate 3G; operators granted a 4G concession license can still use their licensing spectrum to provide WCDMA service after the 3G termination. Individuals still subscribing to 3G services are required to renew their contracts with their operators into 4G.

3G mobile phones and dual-card machines with 3G card slots can continue to be used.

The NCC states that at present, all 3G operators have planned accordingly, introduced preferential tariffs/incentives for users to transfer, continue to provide relevant help services after the termination of 3G services, and notified users through various channels.

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