Sat, Mar 21, 2015 - Page 10 News List

Mobile network winds down service
PHS月底關門 可攜碼其他業者

The National Communications Commission (NCC) on March 11 approved an application from First International Telecom Corp. (FITEL) to end its Personal Handy-phone System (PHS) service. On March 31 the NCC will withdraw FITEL’s service frequency and telephone numbers. The low-power mobile phone service, which has been operating for 14 years up till now, will be consigned to the history books. PHS users who wish to retain their phone numbers may, according to the block of numbers allocated to the five telecoms companies, apply to carry over their number at dealers, starting from March 25.

In Taiwan, only FITEL operates PHS technology. Due to its unique qualities of low-power operation, low level of electromagnetic wave radiation and lack of monthly rental fees, the number of users at one time broke through the one million mark. However, due to its low-power, signal cover was poor and following the advent of mobile data, the technology began to be replaced in large numbers. Last year FITEL was declared bankrupt by the courts. The receivers, not intending to continue operations, took the decision to hand back its frequency and end services.

(Liberty Times, Translated By Edward Jones)

國家通訊傳播委員會3月11號核准大眾電信申請終止PHS業務,在三月三十一日服務結束後,通傳會將收回大眾電信的業務號碼及頻率,開台至今十四年的低功率行動電話服務,確定走入歷史;通傳會表示,若PHS用戶希望保留原始號碼,可於三月二十五日起,依照五家電信業者所獲指配的號碼區塊,向業者提出攜碼申請。

PHS技術在台灣由大眾電信獨家經營,因低功率、低電磁波和免月租費等特色,一度破百萬用戶,但也因低功率、訊號涵蓋不佳,進入行動數據時代後即被大量取代。大眾電信去年底遭法院裁定破產,接手管理人無意繼續經營,決定繳回頻率、終止服務。

(自由時報記者蔡穎)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. consign to the history books v. phr. 走入歷史 (zou3 ru4 li4 shi3)

例: It seems this political party will soon be consigned to the history books.

(看來這個政黨即將要走入歷史了。)

2. retain v.

保留,保存 (bao3 liu2, bao3 cun2)

例: I find it really difficult to retain new vocabulary in my long-term memory.

(我發現要將新的字彙保存在我的長期記憶中實在是很困難。)

3. at one time adv.

一度 (yi2 du4)

例: Oolong tea was once Taiwan’s largest export commodity.

(烏龍茶一度是台灣最大的出口產品。)


This story has been viewed 5162 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top