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NCC to order developers install fiber-optic cables

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

All new buildings in the nation are soon to be required to install fiber-optic cables as part of the infrastructure to enable high-speed broadband Internet services, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday.

NCC spokesperson Yu Hsiao-cheng (虞孝成) said that the commission is in the process of amending the relevant regulations to facilitate the enforcement of the Executive Yuan’s fiber-to-the-home network policy.

Yu added that several countries around the world already have similar statutes in place, including Japan, France, Singapore and China.

The amendment is set to apply public housing projects or business premises covering 1,000m2 and above.

In related news, the nation’s largest power company — Taiwan Power Co — yesterday secured permission from the NCC to enter the telecommunications industry after it was granted a license to operate a fixed network.

The firm said that it planned to first lease out its backup fiber- optic circuit on the east coast to other telecoms after it receives the license. The state-run company added that the circuit could be available to rent by the end of the year, and estimated that it could generate revenue of NT$12 million (US$390,000) per year.

The company said that obtaining the license was the first step toward launching a telecommunications service, adding that it still lacks the capability of connecting its fiber-optic network to the homes of users.

Therefore, the fiber-optic circuit would be rented out to fixed network operators or cable service operators to begin with

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