Vibo reveals TWD2bn 3G expansion plans

7 Dec 2011

Taiwanese cellco Vibo Telecom has confirmed that it intends to invest TWD2 billion (USD65.8 million) in the development of its 3G network in 2012, with up to 7,000 new base stations set for deployment next year. The DigiTimes, citing a statement by company chairman Rock Hsu, adds that Vibo plans to procure 400,000 handsets, of which 70% will be smartphones, in 2012; entry-level smartphones will be priced at around TWD4,000. Further, the operator aims to increase the proportion of its customer base using smartphones from 12% to 16%-18% next year, and increase data revenues from 22% to 28%-30%. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, at the end of September 2011 Vibo was Taiwan’s fifth largest mobile operator by subscribers with a 7.8% market share, equivalent to 2.3 million users.