Thu, Nov 01, 2007 - Page 2 News List

No decision yet on operating licenses for cellphone TV

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The National Communications Commission said yesterday that it had yet to decide when and how it would issue operating licenses for mobile television service operators.

"The trial operations for mobile television are still ongoing," commission spokesman Howard Shyr (石世豪) said. "The newspapers said the other day that the licenses would be issued as early as June next year. Well, it is still too early to say."

Shyr's remarks were made yesterday, as the commission was scheduled to review applications from mobile service providers to extend their trial operation period.

The commission limited each trial operation to six months. Each operator can ask for only one extension.

Shyr said that five operators were participating in the trial operations. They include the Taiwan Public Television Service (PTS, 公視), Chinese Television System (CTS, 華視), Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (台灣高通光電), China Television Co (CTC) and Chunghwa United Telecom Group (中華聯網).

Shyr said the commission had already approved PTS' application for an extension.

He said PTS began its trial operations in January. Its trial period will expire at the end of the year.

Shyr said, however, that the commission had not approved the applications of the four other operators, as their performance during the trial operations may not have been satisfactory.

The commission is considering whether the four should be granted extensions, he said.

Each operator must present a report at the end of its trial period, which the commission will refer to when making a decision on issuing licenses.

During the trial period, operators were authorized to utilize the spectrum between 600MHZ and 745MHZ.

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