High-speed Net service users expected to jump

DPA , TAIPEI

Wed, Aug 08, 2001 - Page 17

The demand for high-speed Internet services in Taiwan is rising sharply, with the number of broadband users expected to grow to 1 million by the end of this year, an analyst from the Institute for Information Technology (資策會) said yesterday.

"The number of broadband users in Taiwan exceeded 600,000 in the first half of 2001," said Pan Ming-chun, an analyst at the institute's E-Commerce Resources Center.

"We expect that the number of subscribers to broadband connections, especially ADSL, will rise to 1 million by the end of this year."

High-speed Internet service solutions comprise ADSL, or asymmetrical digital subscriber line, as well as cable modem.

A total of 440,000 people in Taiwan used ADSL to connect to the Internet in the first half of this year, while 170,000 people accessed the Internet via cable modem, Pan said.

Meanwhile, the number of Internet subscribers, including those with broadband connections, stood at 7.21 million at the end of the second quarter of 2001, up 29 percent from the 5.6 million subscribers recorded in June last year, according to III statistics.

That translates into an Internet penetration rate on the island of 32 percent at the end of June 2001, compared with 25 percent at the end of June last year.