Taiwanese operator Chunghwa Telecom is forecasting that its number of fibre-to-the-home/building/kerb (FTTx) subscribers will increase to 3.5 million in 2011, equivalent to a household penetration rate of 47%. Some of the areas covered by the FTTx network will enjoy download speeds of up to 30Mbps.
Chunghwa also announced plans to introduce next generation synchronous digital hierarchy (NG SDH) in June 2008 to provide backhaul support for the establishment of its 3.5G network. It currently has about 4,500 HSDPA base stations, nearly 4,000 of which support 3.6Mbps data downloads, with the remainder supporting downlink speeds of 1.8Mbps. Chunghwa plans to upgrade its 3.5G service, first to 7.2Mbps and ultimately to 10.7Mbps through the installation of the new base stations.