Taipei, June 28 (CNA) The quality of 3G Internet connection varies drastically throughout Taiwan, the Consumer's Foundation said Thursday.
The best 3G quality is in northern Taiwan, where the download speed is 0.4 times faster than in eastern Taiwan, the foundation said, citing the results of a recent survey.
In northern Taiwan, the 3G download speed is 1.35 megabit per second (Mbps), compared with 1.27 Mbps in central Taiwan, 1.2 Mbps in southern Taiwan and 0.97 Mbps in eastern Taiwan, the foundation said.
More specifically, the rate in Taipei City is 1.6 Mbps compared with 0.8 Mbps in Taitung County, said Lin Tsung-nan, deputy secretary-general of the foundation.
Rural counties such as Chiayi, Pingtung and Taitung generally have a download rate of less than 1 Mbps, he added.
Lin said the 3G speed should not differ so greatly among the cities and counties because all consumers are required to pay the same rates, which means it is unfair to consumers in rural areas.
The survey also showed that the average download rate throughout the country is 1.26 Mbps and the average upload rate is 0.17 Mbps.
Among the service providers, Chunghwa Telecom was found to offer the highest average download rate at 1.64 Mbps, compared with Taiwan Mobile's 1.50 Mbps, Far Eastone Telecom's 0.90 Mbps and VIBO Telecom's 0.93 Mbps.
The Chunghwa Telecom service also showed the highest average upload rate of 0.25 Mbps, compared with Taiwan Mobile's 0.16 Mbps, Far Eastone Telecom's 0.12 Mbps and VIBO Telecom's 0.14 Mbps.
Among the four major telecom operators, Chunghwa Telecom currently holds the largest domestic market share of 35 percent, followed by Taiwan Mobile with 29 percent, Far Eastone Telecom with 28 percent and VIBO Telecom with 8 percent, according to the foundation.
It said the speed and quality of an Internet connection depends on many factors but the major one is the capacity of the device to make a fast connection.
The survey was conducted by the Department of Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University from August 15, 2011 to May 28 this year.
(By Huang Chiao-wen and I-Ling Chen)