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61.4% of Taiwan mobile users anticipate 4G LTE services: poll

TAIPEI -- Some 61.4 percent of Taiwanese mobile Internet users are looking forward to 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services in anticipation of more video applications, according to the results of a survey released Thursday.

Nearly 50 percent of the respondents to the Mobile Internet Happiness Study, conducted jointly by local carrier Chunghwa Telecom Co. and the Department of Statistics and Information Science at Fu Jen Catholic University, said "faster speed" is the major reason driving their interest in making the transition to 4G LTE services.

The top three desirable 4G LTE services are "video entertainment," "sharing on social networks," and "messaging", which is slightly different than the current 3G rankings — "messaging," "sharing on social networks" and "searching," according to the findings.

"We will offer the highly anticipated 4G LTE services as soon as possible to create a happier mobile experience for customers," Lin Kuo-feng, president of Chunghwa Telecom's mobile business group, told reporters.

Chunghwa Telecom plans to complete 4G infrastructure in six major metropolitan areas in Taiwan next year, and expects its 4G coverage to reach 90 percent of the country's population in three years when its 4G network is rolled out to the smaller cities, Lin said.

The survey was conducted Dec. 9-20 last year among randomly selected people aged over 15 who had used mobile Internet services over the past six months in the metropolitan areas of Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Taoyuan.

A total of 1,560 valid samples were collected with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.49 percentage points.

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