Taiwan to ban Chinese broadcasting and telecom equipment

NCC amends rules covering satellite TV, telecom and broadcasting

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The NCC plans to crack down on basic telecom and broadcasting equipment from China.

The NCC plans to crack down on basic telecom and broadcasting equipment from China. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The National Communications Commission (NCC, 國家通訊傳播委員會) was planning to ban broadcasters and telecom operators from using equipment supplied by China, reports said Wednesday.

Out of national security considerations, the commission had decided to amend regulations to cover equipment used in areas such as satellite television, broadcasting and telecommunications, the Central News Agency reported.

Since the awarding of 4G licenses in 2013, Taiwan had already restricted the use of Chinese-made equipment, so Wednesday’s decision was only a measure to make regulations more consistent, according to the NCC.

A spokesman said that relevant businesses would still be asked for their opinions, while a list of banned products would be passed on to national security organs for their review.

While local broadcasters were not using any Chinese equipment at present, the technology had advanced so much that programs could be replaced if the systems were hacked and remote controlled, CNA reported.

Several countries have recently taken action against China’s Huawei, a prominent developer of 5G systems, out of fear that the Chinese government could manipulate its products.