Taipei, May 24 (CNA) The average download speed for cable broadband services in Taiwan improved from 8.2 megabits per second or 35th place in the world last year to 28.78 Mbps and fourth spot as of Monday, according to the results of a survey released Thursday.
According to the survey, conducted by Speedtest.net -- a provider of broadband speed tests, other top performing countries in Asia included Singapore, which ranked fifth with a download speed reaching 28.31 Mbps, and eighth-placed South Korea with a speed of 27.65 Mbps.
Chunghwa Telecom Co., the largest telecommunications company in Taiwan, attributed Taiwan's ranking improvement to efforts made by the country's different providers to promote 50 Mbps speed among their broadband users.
The company said it has 568,000 customers using 50 Mbps services at the end of April this year, for a market share of 90 percent. The number was also an increase of over 30 percent compared with the 430,000 users recorded at the end of last year.
However, the survey also pointed out that the average upload speed for the cable broadband service was 4.89 Mbps, ranking 32nd in the world.
In March, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kuan Bi-ling urged the National Communications Commission (NCC) to help telecom carriers narrow the gap between downloading and uploading speeds.
The general Internet infrastructure development in Taiwan still lags behind other countries in the region, such as South Korea, the NCC said.
NCC Chairwomen Su Herng promised that the government will aim to achieve several targets by 2015, such as access to a 100 Mbps cable broadband network for 80 percent of Taiwanese households, 6 million fiber broadband clients and 2 million wireless broadband clients.
In addition, Chunghwa Telecom is preparing to launch a 100/100Mbps broadband Internet data service and is promoting a 1GB bit per second high-speed fiber optic broadband network on a trial basis.
(By Lin Ye-fong and Maia Huang)