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The moda has proposed three major strategies to enhance the resilience of our country's communication networks and ensure the communication rights of the entire population in emergency situations.

2024-04-03
Ministry of Digital Affairs
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The moda has formulated and continues to promote three major strategies to enhance the overall resilience of our country's communication networks, including "Building Comprehensive Communication Networks for Land, Sea, and Air Emergencies," "Strengthening Communication Network Protection," and "Popularizing the Construction of Broadband Communication Networks," to ensure that our country's communication networks remain available and secure during emergency situations.

The moda points out that Strategy One, "Building Comprehensive Communication Networks for Land, Sea, and Air Emergencies," is designed to address the possibility of existing commercial communication networks failing during emergency situations. This strategy involves the development of a "diverse and heterogeneous" emergency communication network that encompasses multiple communication solutions across the three-dimensional space of the ocean, land, and sky. It ensures that in the event of a major disaster in Taiwan, even if some communication networks are unable to provide services, other communication solutions will be available to meet the basic communication needs of the general public, disaster relief systems, and government command systems.

For example, during peacetime readiness, strengthening the resilience of submarine cables; implementing disaster roaming mechanisms for public use in the event of regional network interruptions; establishing Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) communication systems for public safety and emergency response; and deploying asynchronous satellite emergency communication networks for use by emergency command systems during regional or large-scale network disruptions.

In terms of Strategy 2, "Enhancing Network Transmission Protection," the moda emphasizes the indispensable need to protect key infrastructure in the field of network transmission to ensure network resilience. The moda supervises the establishment and provision of Critical Infrastructure (CI) in the communication and broadcasting sector to develop CI protection plans and information security maintenance plans. It requires them to implement preventive measures, detection, reporting, response, and recovery measures for scenarios such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and cybersecurity breaches. Additionally, through the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCSC), it monitors the operational status of CI in real-time and accepts cybersecurity incident reports from CI providers around the clock. It provides appropriate assistance and shares cybersecurity intelligence, with a total of 760,336 pieces of cybersecurity intelligence shared in 112 years, achieving the goal of public-private cooperation in cybersecurity defense to enhance network transmission protection.

Strategy 3, "Popularizing the Construction of Broadband Communication Networks," aims to accelerate the completion of the country's 5G network infrastructure through incentive and support mechanisms. This involves creating high-speed and user-friendly communication networks. The strategy also encourages telecom companies to invest resources in remote areas to expand broadband networks, thereby improving internet access in rural and outlying areas. By providing digital access opportunities and diverse channels of use, it aims to narrow the digital divide between urban and rural areas.

For example, in accelerating the construction of 5G networks, in 2023, subsidies were provided to add 1,477 5G base stations in important areas with high population density, achieving a national radio population coverage rate of 97.39% by operators. In promoting the construction of high-speed communication networks in rural areas, subsidies were provided in 2023 to add 165 5G base stations, increasing the average coverage rate in remote areas to 76.29%.

The moda will continue to collaborate with relevant organizations to enhance and adapt communication networks to the evolution of emerging communication technologies and changes in the external environment. It will continue to research, propose, and promote resilience enhancement solutions for communication networks to ensure the communication rights of the entire population are preserved even in extreme scenarios.

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