The average 3G data download speed in the country had reached 2.06 megabits per second (Mbps) as of November last year, up 63.5 percent from six months earlier, although there remains an urban-rural gap, a study released by the Consumers’ Foundation on Tuesday showed.
At 2.06Mbps, it takes just 7.7 seconds to download a 2MB picture. That compares with the 1.26Mbps recorded in the previous survey on 3G wireless data transfer speeds released on June 2 last year, the consumers’ watchdog said.
The foundation attributed the improvement to an increase in the number of 3G base stations around the country — from 23,496 to 25,420 in the six-month period — and the installation of upgraded base stations.
The study, commissioned by the foundation and conducted by National Taiwan University from June 1 to Nov. 30 last year, found that Taiwan Mobile led its two main business rivals with the highest 3G wireless data download rate of 2.52Mbps.
It was followed by Chunghwa Telecom with 2.15Mbps and Far EasTone Telecommunications with 1.71Mpbs.
Although it lagged behind the other two, Far EasTone recorded the greatest improvement in download speed, with its wireless download rate accelerating from 0.9Mbps to 1.71Mbps, the foundation said.
The latest study also found that Taipei enjoyed the highest 3G data download rate of 2.54Mbps among all cities and counties, while Nantou County had the slowest at only 1.28Mbps.
National Communications Commission statistics showed that the number of 3G accounts increased by 920,000 from 21.6 million in May last year to 22.52 million in November.