Chunghwa Telecom has become the first of Taiwan’s mobile network operators (MNOs) to launch a commercial 5G service, having switched on its network yesterday (30 June). According to the Taipei Times the cellco is offering tariffs priced at between TWD599 (USD20) and TWD2,699 per month, with unlimited usage plans starting from TWD1,399. Higher priced offerings reportedly improve the speeds available to users, with the MNO advertising downlink rates of between 500Mbps and 1.5Gbps for its next generation of mobile broadband connectivity.
The cellco expects around half of its existing mobile subscriber base to switch to a 5G service within three years, it said, while it aims to have a total of one million 5G subscribers within a year of launch. With regards to infrastructure, Chunghwa is reportedly planning to double the number of 5G base stations on-air from 2,000 now to 4,000 by the end of the year, while the ultimate target is to increase the figure to more than 10,000 by 2022 via an investment of around TWD27 billion.
Meanwhile in a separate announcement yesterday, Chunghwa rival Taiwan Mobile Company confirmed that its own 5G network will go live from midnight today (1 July), and – like its rival – the MNO is offering a raft of tariffs with prices ranging between TWD599 and TWD2,699 per month. Taiwan Mobile also aims to have 4,000 5G-capable base stations in operation by the end of this year, which it expects to mean that 90% of the country’s metropolitan areas are within the network footprint by that date. Echoing Chungwha’s subscriber target, the operator is reportedly hoping to have persuaded around half of its existing users to switch to a 5G service within three years.