Chunghwa predicts mobile internet growth in 2010

8 Oct 2009

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s leading telecoms company by subscribers, has predicted that it will add over 200,000 new subscribers to its mobile internet services in 2010, as demand rises for mobile broadband and smartphones, according to a report by Dow Jones Newswires. The report, which cites president of Chunghwa’s mobile division, Mu-Piao Shih, says that the company expects its mobile data subscriber base to have more than doubled by the end of the year, growing to 370,000 from 160,000 at the end of 2008. Shih said: ‘I believe this is the year mobile broadband will really take off.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the company already covers over 90% of the island with its W-CDMA and HSDPA networks, and offers Wi-Fi access at over 1,000 hotspots. The company is also scheduled to launch HSPA+ technology across its 3.5G networks in 2010, which will boost peak download speeds to up to 21Mbps and plans to deploy a 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in 2011.

Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom