Taiwanese government initiates nationwide Wi-Fi project; Chunghwa to deliver bulk of 2,500 hot spots

21 Sep 2011

According to the DigiTimes, the Taiwanese government has endorsed the development of a nationwide Wi-Fi network, encompassing 2,500 hot spots across the country. The hot spots – which will primarily be located at airports, railway stations, sea ports, mass rapid transit stations, public libraries and ‘scenic places’ – will provide citizens with free wireless internet access, initially on a six-month trial basis, commencing 10 October. However, download speeds will be limited to 512kbps and the hot spots will bar users any access to audio/video websites. The report goes on to indicate that Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s leading broadband operator in terms of subscribers, has been commissioned to deploy 2,165 of the total hot spots being deployed; no announcement has been made regarding which telcos will oversee the remainder of the rollout.

Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom