Vibo to upgrade 3G to 3.5G

3 Aug 2010

Vibo Telecom, Taiwan’s fifth largest cellco by subscribers, has announced that it is set to upgrade its data communication service from 3G to 3.5G, with the introduction of 21Mbps download speeds. In order to implement the upgrade, Vibo has purchased 3,500 3.5G-capable base stations from Chinese equipment vendor ZTE, as well as core network equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks, at a total cost estimated at TWD3 billion (USD94.1 million). Vibo says that the installation will be complete by year-end 2010. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, company president Feng-hsiung Chang expects Vibo to break even by July 2010 and generate profits by year-end if its subscriber base continues to expand at expected rates and reaches its target of two million 3G subscribers by the end of December. As at March 2010 Vibo reported 1.5 million 3G subscribers.