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Chunghwa Telecom's mobile unit to spend record-high capital (update)

Chunghwa Telecom's mobile unit to spend record-high capital (update)

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) The mobile business group of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan's largest mobile provider, said Monday 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, said Lin Kuo-feng, president of Chunghwa's mobile business group. The group aims to add 1 million new mobile customers in 2013, representing 50 percent growth from last year, Lin said at a media briefing. He estimated that the company's total revenue will reach NT$79 billion in 2013, 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 current 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. Also Thursday, the group announced a new data plan for roaming service because the increasing demand for mobile networks has driven the growth of data roaming volume. Chunghwa Telecom said the total transmission volume of its data roaming service saw a five-times increase in 2012 compared with the previous year, with the number of the service's users reaching 7.5 million. Lin forecast that his company's data roaming volume will continue to increase four times this year as more customers adopt mobile networks. Meanwhile, Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., the country's third-largest telecom operator, said its customers will be able to use paid and unlimited Wi-Fi services in Japan from February. Far EasTone will partner with Japan's dominant 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. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:33 GMT+08:00