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NCC to extend 2G user migration by six months

TRANSITIONS:Telecommunications providers are expected to work with the NCC and offer 2G subscribers text or call-only plans, a commission spokesman said

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said that 2G telecommunications services are to be officially terminated in June next year, adding that 2G service subscribers would be given an additional six months to migrate to 3G or 4G services after the termination.

The 2G service license expires on June 30 next year and there are still about 560,000 2G service subscribers, NCC spokesperson Wong Po-tsung (翁柏宗) said.

The commission has proposed several measures to ensure that 2G subscribers can migrate to a higher-level service, Wong said.

The commission is considering canceling certification of devices equipped to provide 2G services. As some government agencies still use devices equipped with 2G technology, the commission would label these devices with a warning that the technology would not be certified after June 30 next year.

The commission has also analyzed 2G service users and identified five user patterns, Wong said: people who use only text messaging, those who use prepaid cards, those who subscribe to plans with low monthly fees, those who use push-button mobile phones, and those who use mobile phones for voice communication only.

To meet the diverse needs of 2G subscribers, telecoms should offer service contracts that allow subscribers to seamlessly migrate to 3G or 4G services, Wong said.

Telecoms should provide service plans that are similar to or better than the ones subscribers have now, Wong said.

The service plans should be diverse, including call-only plans, text-only plans and plans covering both services, Wong added.

Current 2G subscribers will have six months after June 30 next year to migrate to more advanced services, Wong said.

The commission and telecoms will work together to promote 3G or 4G services to 2G users, Wong said.

“Telecoms are also expected to tell the commission what they plan to do to facilitate 2G users,” he said.

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