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Taipei to construct city fibre network
05 January 2012
Taiwanese capital signs 25-year deal to build and operate citywide 100 megabit fibre network
Tai Tung Communication
Taiwanese capital Taipei is to build an optical fibre network designed to deliver 100 megabits a second to 80% of homes in the city.
The city has entered an agreement with a consortium of 15 local and international firms led by Taiwanese fibre-optic cable manufacturer Tai Tung Communication to build and operate the network for 25 years, according to a DigiTimes report.
The city has asked the group to price the fibre-optic services at 10% lower than other operators’ services, DigiTimes reported. Fibre maker Tai Tung said that investments worth $1.26 billion are expected for the project, which includes $360 million to set up infrastructure and $903 million to operate the network.
The construction is due to start by the end of 2012, with coverage to 8% of Taipei households by the second quarter of 2013. The access should reach 32% and 56% of the city by the second quarters of 2014 and 2015, respectively, and to 80% of the households by the end of 2015.
Cable will be laid mainly along sewers with a total length of about 3,000 kilometres, according to DigiTimes. It will also include two master facilities, along with 10 area facilities and 50 access facilities. Tai Tung said that a new company will be established for the project and that it will seek a regulatory licence in April 2012. GTB
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