Despite the Taiwanese authorities having said they were aiming to see all households in the country be within reach of a 100Mbps fibre-optic network by end-2013, it appears unlikely that this target will be reached. According to the Digitimes, new estimates published by the National Communications Commission (NCC) suggest that around 85% of premises will now be able to access 100Mbps fibre connections by the end of the year. As per the regulator’s findings, 80.66% of households in major urban areas were within the footprint of a 100Mbps fibre network. Further, with the state having originally set a target of 5.5 million fibre broadband subscribers by the end of 2013, at the end of May the total stood at 4.016 million.
Meanwhile, with the government having previously said that it expected to digitise cable TV networks to cover 50% of all subscribers by end-2013, this figure has now been revised down to 42%.