Five companies have signed a contract with the Taipei City government to deploy a total of 3,000km of fibre-optic cable over the next four years. According to Focus Taiwan, the five companies, led by Tai Tung Communication Co., aim to offer high speed broadband access to 80% of the capital’s residents by 2015. Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin commented: ‘This is part of the plan to make Taipei into the first high-tech city in Taiwan with fast internet access’. Residents in the Neihu, Songshan and Nangang districts will reportedly receive transmission speeds reaching 100Mbps by mid-2013, with coverage of Taipei reaching 32% by the end of the year. The service will then be extended to cover 56% of the city in 2014, and 80% of households – in all twelve districts – in 2015. The report goes on to note that a total of TWD40 billion (USD1.3 billion) will be invested in the construction and operation of the service over the next 25 years. The four other companies participating in the project are: Jen Yi Construction Co, Marketech International Corp, Ring Line Corp and Glory Technology Inc.