NCC data shows FET leading 4G market at end-August 2014

2 Oct 2014

Taiwan’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly revealed that at the end of August 2014 Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) had signed up 254,000 4G subscribers. According to the Digitimes, such an uptake put it ahead of its rivals, with Chunghwa Telecom and Taiwan Mobile said to have attracted 199,000 and 180,000 customers to their respective LTE-based offerings by that same date.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Chunghwa was actually the first to inaugurate its LTE network, which was brought online in late-May 2014, just a few weeks after the NCC had given it formal permission to offer 4G services to the general public. Within a week both FET and Taiwan Mobile had launched services over competing networks. More recently, a new player entered the sector at the end of August 2014, with Taiwan Star Cellular, a subsidiary of the Ting Hsin International Group, announcing that it is had officially begun offering connectivity via its own 4G infrastructure.