The National Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday approved Chunghwa Telecom’s proposal to reduce the monthly subscription fees for its 10Mbps optical fiber service, as well as that of its new 3Mpbs service.
The company’s “Fiber to the X” (FTTX) network service integrates current optic fiber technology and provides customers with more bandwidth, allowing faster data transfers.
The nation’s largest telecom company plans to lower the monthly cost of its FTTX service from NT$650 to NT$550, while its 3Mpbs service will cost NT$430 per month.
Customers who have subscribed to the 10Mpbs service for a year will receive an 8 percent discount, the company said.
Currently, the combined rental and service fees for the 10Mpbs FTTX connection total NT$1,300 per month.
The commission has approved the rate plans for both services.
Based on the proposal the company had submitted to the commission, a Chunghwa subscriber will pay a total of NT$990 per month for the 10Mpbs FTTX service.
The proposal also allows for promotional prices for new subscribers.
The optical fiber connection will now cost just NT$50 more than Chunghwa’s 8Mpbs ADSL service, which costs NT$940 per month.
NCC spokesman Lee Ta-sung (李大嵩) said the company has about 810,000 FTTX subscribers and about 1 million ADSL subscribers.
He said the company could convince ADSL subscribers to switch to the new service by lowering the monthly FTTX charge.
Lee said that since the commission has taken note of the small price difference between the two services, it would ask Chunghwa to protect the interests of its ADSL customers.
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