Taiwan’s dominant telco Chunghwa Telecom has increased its end-year forecasts for user numbers on its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service. Last October Chunghwa lowered its predictions for take-up of its Multimedia-On-Demand (MOD) service, saying that it expected to have 250,000 subscribers by end-2007, not 500,000 as originally planned. The firm now forecasts, however, that it will surpass its original target and sign up 580,000 FTTH users by the end of this year, Taiwan Radio International reports.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the first MOD networks were launched in Taipei in March 2004; a nationwide expansion began in August the following year. Initial take-up of the service was slow due to a lack of set-top boxes, and by the end of 2005 it had attracted only around 20,000 users, but by end-2006 there were 185,000 subscribers. The MOD service uses fibre technologies to offer high speed internet access and IP-based video-on-demand services.