Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) plans to invest NT$3.3 billion (US$104 million) to expand its optical communications networks during 2008, with an aim to increase the number of subscribers by 400,000 this year, according sources at CHT.
Under the expansion project, CHT plans to purchase 683,000 units of VDSL2 equipment and 55,000 units of EPON (Ethernet passive optical network) equipment, the sources stated.
About 60% of the needed VDSL2 equipment is expected to be purchased from Taiwan makers, and CHT plans to hold an open bid in the second quarter of the year to finalize contracts, the sources noted.
A number of Taiwan network-equipment makers, including D-Link, Zyxel Communications, Asustek Computer and Tecom, are expected to participate in the bidding, according to market sources.
On the other hand, CHT is expected to purchase EPON equipment from suppliers in Japan, said CHT sources.