Comms ministry plans to phase out GSM, NCC not so sure

Monday 10 May 2010 | 02:31 CET | News
Taiwan's ministry of transportation and communications plans to phase out the GSM mobile communications standard in 2017. The 900 MHz and 1,800 MHz frequency bands would be made available for 4G, or other advanced standards, The Digitimes reports. However, the regulator, the National Communications Commission (NCC), has said that the decision to retire GSM will depend on market conditions. There are currently 9.25 million GSM-based 2G subscribers in Taiwan and the NCC believes it will not be easy to phase out GSM. The regulator recommends the 700 MHz band for 4G communications, which is currently being used by the military and police.

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