Taiwanese multi-service operator Chunghwa Telecom has reportedly revealed that it is to procure 3G equipment worth TWD3.88 billion (USD132 million) from Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN). According to DigiTimes, it is understood that the hardware will be used to expand the capacity of the operator’s existing third-generation infrastructure.
In addition, Chunghwa has confirmed that its mobile communication capital expenditure will focus on 4G from next year, with the telco estimating that it will invest between TWD20 billion and TWD30 billion in LTE infrastructure, which is to be deployed between 2014 and 2016.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, with Chunghwa having been named last month as one of six winners of LTE-suitable spectrum in the state’s auction, it confirmed that it expects to launch commercial 4G services in the second half of 2014. The company will spend up to TWD40 billion on deploying more than 7,000 base stations to cover at least 96% of the population over the next five years.