Taiwan Mobile targets one million 4G subscribers by year’s end

25 Nov 2014

Echoing rival Far EasTone’s subscriber expectations, Taiwan Mobile Company has said it aims to have signed up some one million 4G subscribers by the end of 2014, the Digitimes reports. With the operator’s president James Heng saying he expects there to be between 3.3 million and 3.4 million customers taking a LTE-based service across all operators by the start of 2015, the executive did, however, note that he does not expect cellcos to profit until the first half of next year, due in part to large subsidies for 4G-enabled handsets and tablets bundled as part of post-paid contracts, alongside amortisation of the costs for setting up 4G infrastructure and acquiring suitable spectrum.

Taiwan Mobile’s LTE services are now reportedly available to 93% of Taiwan’s population, with Jeng saying coverage is expected to have been expanded to 95% by the end of the year. Meanwhile, further technology developments are planned, with voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) tests ongoing, and to be continued in the first quarter of 2015, with demand for this service expected to take off in 4Q 2015 as compatible smartphones become more widely available.