5G uptake surpasses expectations in Taiwan

14 Dec 2020

Initial demand for 5G connectivity has proved strong in Taiwan, with the nation’s cellcos said to have already signed up a combined total of more than one million subscribers to the next generation of mobile broadband technology. According to the Taipei Times, which cites data released by the country’s mobile network operators (MNOs), mobile market leader Chunghwa Telecom has signed up more than 300,000 5G subscribers since launching the technology at the end of June 2020. Looking ahead, the cellco envisages sustained early growth and is predicting its 5G customer base will reach half a million by end-2020, some way ahead of its initial target of 300,000 users by that date.

Meanwhile, Far EasTone and Taiwan Mobile are also reported to have surpassed the 300,000 5G subscriber milestone since their respective launches in July 2020. Rounding out the market’s cellular players, Taiwan Star and Asia Pacific Telecom (APT) are each said to have signed up more than 100,000 5G subscribers, the former having launched in August and the latter in October.