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Chunghwa Telecom starts 4G LTE service
Central News Agency
2014-05-29 09:51 PM
Taipei, May 29 (CNA) Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan's largest carrier, announced the launch of its fourth-generation (4G) LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network on Thursday, making it the first Taiwanese telecom operator to provide such service. The company will start receiving applications for the service from Friday, said Rick Tsai, chairman and chief executive officer of the operator. As part of the service, Chunghwa Telecom will offer eight types of 4G monthly plans ranging in price from NT$236 (US$7.87) to NT$2,636, according to the operator. It currently offers over 30 types of 4G LTE-compatible devices and plans to increase that number to over 50 in the third quarter, Chunghwa Telecom said. Tsai added that his company has invested over NT$10 billion in building the infrastructure for the 4G LTE network and will aim to expand its mobile internet customers to 5 million. As of April this year, Chunghwa Telecom has over 4.38 million mobile internet customers. The operator estimated earlier that its 4G customers could reach 400,000 by the end of this year. Five other telecom operators in Taiwan -- Asia Pacific Telecom, Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., Taiwan Mobile, Taiwan Star and Ambit Microsystems -- have also obtained 4G licenses. (By Esme Jiang and Christie Chen)
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