The mobile business group of Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), Taiwan’s largest mobile provider, yesterday said it will see record-high capital expenditure this year to meet surging demand for mobile networks.
The company plans to budget NT$8.9 billion (US$308 million) for the year, up from NT$7.2 billion last year, to build more 3G base stations and increase its mobile network bandwidth by 50 percent, Chunghwa’s mobile business group president Lin Kuo-feng (林國豐) said.
The group aims to attract 1 million new mobile customers this year, representing 50 percent growth from last year, Lin said at a media briefing.
He estimated that the company’s total revenue would reach NT$79 billion this year, up from NT$76.3 billion last year, as an expected decline in voice and text message revenues will partially offset the continued growth of mobile data revenue.
To ease the heavy load on its 3G networks, the company is set to add 10,000 new Wi-Fi hotspots this year to the current 36,000 hotspots, which can provide access to faster Wi-Fi networks for mobile devices, Lin said.
Meanwhile, the group announced a new data plan for its roaming service because the increasing demand for mobile networks has driven the growth of data roaming volume.
The total transmission volume of its data roaming service saw a five-times increase last year compared with the previous year, with the number of the service’s users reaching 7.5 million, Chunghwa Telecom said.
Lin forecast the company’s data roaming volume would increase by four times this year as more customers adopt mobile networks.
Separately, Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信), the country’s third-largest telecoms operator, said its customers would be able to use paid and unlimited Wi-Fi services in Japan from next month.
Far EasTone is to partner with Japan’s major mobile carrier, NTT Docomo Inc, to offer access to more than 65,700 Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan, including airports, subway stations, convenience stores and fast food chain stores, it said in a press release.