Nation’s domestic broadband line to reach 120 Gbps


By Alfed Lee, The China Post

The nation’s domestic broadband backbone telecommunication trunk line will have a bandwidth of 120 Gbps (gigabit per second) by the end of this year, according to an official at the Directorate General of Telecommunications (DGT). Compared with the domestic broadband trunk line capacity of 45 Gbps, the expansion of Taiwan’s domestic broadband trunk line is 266 percent.

Chunghwa Telecom will operate a broadband trunk line of 80 Gbps, and the three other fixed-line providers will operate broadband lines of 40 Gbps, the official said.

By the end of 2005, the domestic broadband trunk line will have a bandwidth of 1,200 Gbps. At that time Chunghwa Telecom will operate a broadband trunk line of 1,000 Gbps, and the three other fixed line providers will operate a broadband line of 200 Gbps, the official said. The DGT will also actively increase the bandwidth of the international telecommunications lines. By the end of this year, Taiwan’s total bandwidth of international telecommunications lines will reach a capacity of 220 Gbps, including the bandwidth of Chunghwa Telecom which will be able to offer an international trunk line bandwidth of 90 Gbps, the 11.7 Gbps provided by the network operators, and the 195 Gbps to be provided by ocean cable telecommunications operators. By the end of last year, Taiwan’s bandwidth of international ocean cable lines was only 15 Gbps. The DGT will step up construction so that the users in Taiwan will be able to enjoy better broadband services. The official disclosed that by the end of this year the DGT will enable a consumer to have 1.5 Mbps (megabit per second) bandwidth single direction access to the Internet. By the end of 2005 a local user will be able to enjoy a bandwidth of 6 Mbps single direction access to the Internet.

By that time 50 percent of the Internet accesses will be by broadband lines, compared with the 15 percent by the end of this year. The target of the DGT is that it will keep on improving Taiwan’s broadband services and rates so that it can achieve the U.S. standards in ten years. Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom has already deployed and digitized optical fiber trunk lines. In the next few years it will accelerate the last-mile construction so that the optical fiber telecommunication link can be extended to the user’s end.