According to the Taiwan Economic News, Chunghwa Telecom is poised to invest TWD100 billion (USD3.32 billion) in the development of its fibre-optic network over the next three years. Company president Chang Hsiao-tung confirmed that the telco’s first objective is to focus on the completion of its 50Mbps network, whose coverage has already topped 80% island-wide. In addition, it will continue work on the expansion of its 100Mbps infrastructure, with 80% coverage anticipated by end-2015. Chunghwa’s overall broadband investment is expected to reach TWD200 million within a decade.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity is becoming increasingly prevalent in Taiwan’s high speed internet development. At the end of 3Q11, Chunghwa’s total broadband subscriber base amounted to 4.472 million, of which 51.8% were FTTx subscribers, suggesting that the telco’s attempts to encourage fibre migration are yielding solid results. Based on the serious ADSL declines the company witnessed in 2009, Chunghwa assessed that its FTTH subscriber base would exceed its ADSL customers in late 2010, although the prediction ultimately proved wide of the mark.