The National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday Ambit Corp must submit a new wiretap report on the communications network that it is planning to use for its fourth-generation (4G) telecommunications service before the commission can resume a review of its network construction plan.
Ambit, a subsidiary of Hon Hai Group, acquired the broadband spectrum for its 4G service in an auction last year. By law, the company must submit its plan to construct the 4G network and the plan has to be approved by the NCC before construction of the network can begin.
So far, the commission has yet to approve Ambit’s network construction plan.
It has been reported that Ambit plans to use network equipment manufactured by China’s Huawei Technologies, whose products have been blacklisted in several countries due to national security concerns.
Because of the delay, Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) last month demanded a reasonable explanation from the commission as to why he cannot use equipment manufactured by Huawei. He also threatened to boycott paying taxes and move the group’s headquarters out of Taiwan if he did not get an explanation.
Commission spokesperson Yu Hsiao-cheng (虞孝成) said that Ambit first submitted its construction plan and applied for a construction permit on March 5, and that the application included a communication security and surveillance report from the Investigation Bureau. The report indicated that the network Ambit plans to use would not generate national security concerns, he added.
He said that Ambit submitted a new application on March 12.
“The company proposed a different network in the second application,” Yu said. “However, the company did not attach a similar report from the Investigation Bureau about the new network. The report it obtained previously only certified the previous network was secure.”
The commission has extended the deadline of its review of the application to July 12.