Increasing Demand for Optical Fiber Connectivity in Taiwan

Optical fiber has become the fastest growing access technologies in Taiwan. Taiwan has more than 800,000 Subscribers connected through Fiber optics by the end of June 2008. Much credits goes to the government and the construction sector.

In order to provide customers the best services, Taiwan telecommunications companies has taken initiatives to adopt broadband services using fiber-optic technology to replace traditional telephone lines and replacing Wi-Fi – Wireless Fidelity access points with WiMAX access. WIMAX access was designed for high-speed, high-capacity wireless data solutions.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, MOEA’s Committee of Communications Industry Development has formed a Task force in collaboration with Fiber Broadband Operators in Taiwan, in order to promote the deployment and application of the fiber network. This task force will promote a Fiber Broadband Building – FBB labeling system.

With the constant promotion of Fiber optic technology to the home by the task force, the number of household users of fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the building (FTTB) had increased by 37,239 on 172 construction projects in 18 cities or counties in Taiwan.

Construction companies are convinced by the task force tor the construction of optical fiber networks on their new building construction projects, with the budget for such networks amounting to an estimated NT$40 million. Driven by the contributions of the construction sector, fiber subscriptions surged sharply to 800,000 at the end of June 2008 from 200,000 at the end of 2006, representing a nationwide penetration rate of 17 percent in Taiwan.

Taiwan was ranked fourth in the FTTH and FTTB services penetration rate in the world in July 2008, a significant move up from seventh position last year.

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