Chunghwa Telecom looks to 300,000 4G subscribers in '14
By Kathryn Chiu, The China Post
December 4, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chunghwa Telecom's (CHT, 中華電信) chairman yesterday said that the company will launch 4G services in the second half of 2014 and expects its 4G subscriber base to reach 300,000.
Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Lee Yen-sung (李炎松) made the announcement during a charity event held by the Chunghwa Telecom Foundation to narrow the digital divide.
Lee said the company will begin infrastructure construction for 4G LTE high-speed wireless telecommunication services as soon as possible, adding that CHT will inaugurate 4G LTE services in the second half of 2014. He forecast CHT's 4G subscriber base to reach 300,000. CHT currently has a cellphone subscriber base of 10 million.
Chunghwa Telecom acquired 35 megahertz (MHz) of bandwidth — more than any of the other five participants in closed 4G bidding — by winning three frequency blocks with bids totaling NT$39.08 billion (US$1.33 billion).
The company won the B2 block in the 900MHz frequency band and the C2 and C5 blocks in the 1800MHz frequency band, which was clearly the most desirable frequency in the auction.
Regarding high-speed optical fiber Internet service, the coverage of Chunghwa Telecom's 100M network is expected to reach 85 percent this year and 90 percent in 2014, Lee said.
CHT expects its 100M broadband network subscriber base to reach 300,000 by the end of 2013 and 900,000 in 2014.
According to media reports, CHT has since 2010 pledged NT$20 billion annually over 10 consecutive years to construct a domestic broadband network.
Although the 100M/20M network had already been launched in 2010, Chunghwa Telecom will further launch 100M/100M service with balanced uploading and downloading speed.
However, not all users can apply for the high-speed 100M optical fiber internet service since the application of the service has to take into consideration such factors as the distance between users and computer rooms and urbanization.