Chunghwa aims for 1.8m subscribers by end 2009

Tw_dp Amidst the more visible NTT, KT and SK FTTP implementations and the radically disruptive HKBN, Chunghwa is often forgotten and yet they move apace in their FTTH deployment. In Europe, only incumbents that have a serious competitive threat embrace FTTH, not so in Asia. Chunghwa is the undisputed broadband leader in Taïwan and yet they are fast moving in their FTTH deployment.

Chunghwa announced 1.35 million customers over FTTx in mid June and they aim for 1.8 million by the end of the year which suggests to – although the article doesn't say – that they must have a dsl to fiber commercial migration strategy. If anyone knows anything about this, I'd be very interested to hear more.

Another interesting thing here is that Chunghwa's overall broadband strategy is clearly at odds with the way things are usually framed in Europe and the US, ie. wireline or wireless. I have long said that the only sensible approach was wireline and wireless, and Chunghwa clearly pursues this since they're offering FTTH at speeds of 100Mb/s and 3G+ at speeds of 21bM/s.