HSDPA fails to capture the imagination of Taiwan’s big three

20 Sep 2005

It may be the hot new craze sweeping the global telecoms nation, but Taiwan’s three largest mobile operators have yet to be won over by high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology, according to the DigiTimes. A number of major European cellcos, including Vodafone, are throwing their weight behind HSDPA but Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile and Far EasTone have all expressed conservative views about the widespread adoption of the technology. Only Chunghwa has made concrete plans to trial the so-called 3.5G service, whilst Taiwan Mobile and Far EasTone continue to assess the feasibility of making further heavy investments in their networks. Chunghwa says it is teaming up with Nokia to run trials of datacard services over a mini HSDPA network by the end of 2005.