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More than half mobile users looking forward to using 4G service, poll finds

Staff writer, with CNA

About 61.4 percent of Taiwanese mobile Internet users are looking forward to 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services so they can use more video applications, a survey released yesterday found.

Nearly 50 percent of the respondents to the Mobile Internet Happiness Study, conducted by Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) and Fu Jen Catholic University’s department of statistics and information science, said “faster speed” is the main reason users would be interested in switching to 4G LTE services.

The top three desirable 4G LTE services are video entertainment, sharing on social networks and messaging, which is slightly different from the rankings for 3G service, which were messaging, sharing on social networks and searching.

“We will offer the highly anticipated 4G LTE services as soon as possible to create a happier mobile experience for customers,” Chunghwa Telecom mobile business group president Lin Kuo-feng (林國豐) told reporters.

Chunghwa Telecom plans to complete the necessary infrastructure for 4G in six major metropolitan areas next year, and expects its 4G coverage to reach 90 percent of the nation’s population in three years when its 4G network is rolled out to the smaller cities, Lin said.

The survey was conducted between Dec. 9 and Dec. 20 last year among randomly selected people older than 15 who had used mobile Internet services over the past six months in Taipei, New Taipei City (新北市), Greater Taichung, Greater Tainan, Greater Kaohsiung and Taoyuan.

A total of 1,560 valid samples were collected with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.49 percentage points.

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