Taiwanese multi-service operator Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (FET) is reportedly hoping to have signed up a total of one million 4G subscribers by the end of 2014. According to the Taipei Times, citing comments made by FET vice-president Maxwell Cheng, the operator currently has around 700,000 customers accessing services over its LTE network. With the executive saying it expects a total of three million 4G users in Taiwan across all providers by that date, it targets a 30% market share in the nascent sector.
Meanwhile, FET president Yvonne Li has suggested that 4G uptake could surge should the supply of the in-demand Apple iPhone 6 handset improve, noting: ‘The shortage of iPhone 6 handsets in Taiwan is because of strong demand in the US and Europe, as consumers there increase purchases before the Christmas holiday … We think we still have a chance to increase our 4G clients from next month until the Lunar New Year, if we can source more iPhone 6 handsets.’
According to the report, with FET having spent around TWD13 billion (USD424 million) this year on its networks and services, it had now completed rolling out LTE-1800MHz infrastructure and will begin the construction of small cell base stations using the 2600MHZ band next year.