Taiwanese incumbent operator Chunghwa Telecom has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its wireless infrastructure with HSPA+ technology, reports DigiTimes. The telco expects to launch the service over its networks by 2010, boosting mobile broadband download speeds to up to 21Mbps. Initially, devices able to utilise the HSPA+ service will include data network cards, USB dongles and wireless modules before it is extended to cover smartphones, netbooks and notebooks, the report claimed. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Chunghwa currently offers mobile broadband services across its HSDPA-enabled wireless networks which are estimated to cover 90% of the island.
Meanwhile, the company has announced that three of its cables across the Luzon Strait have been damaged by undersea landslides caused by Typhoon Morakot. The company has repaired one of the cables but the remaining damage will continue to limit connectivity between Taiwan and Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines, whilst also reducing bandwidth availability until repairs have been completed.