Sparq & APBT announce NGN investments

14 Jul 2006

New Century InfoComm (operating under the brandname Sparq) and Asia Pacific Broadband Telecom (APBT), two of the three alternative fixed line providers in Taiwan, have announced plans to invest TWD10 billion (USD308 million) and TWD2.5 billion (USD77 million) respectively in IP-based next-generation networks (NGNs) during the 2006-2010 period. New Century InfoComm has selected Huawei to provide softswitches and has applied to telecoms regulator the National Communications Commission’s (NCC) for permission to carry out trial NGN-platform projects; it hopes to begin offering NGN services by the end of this quarter. APBT, meanwhile, began establishing an IP-based backbone network, using equipment supplied by Cisco, in 2004; the new NGN investment will be used to upgrade the core of its existing network, as well as to establish a WiMAX network. The company claims to have rolled out three experimental WiMAX base stations already, a figure which is expected to rise to between 70 and 90 by the end of the year.