Currently, Taiwan has two international airports-Taoyuan and Kaohsiung airports, and 7 international harbors, consisting of Kaohsiung harbor, Keelung harbor, Taichung harbor, Hwalian harbor, Anping harbor, Suaou harbor and Taipei harbor, in the order of their business volume. Taiwan has complete international transportation facilities and logistic capability. Furthermore, Taiwan has passenger transportation systems, railways, highways and domestic airports for domestic long distance transportation. Taiwan has complete railway networks throughout the island. The high speed railways started operations in 2005, which has tremendously reduced the traveling time between north and south Taiwan. Domestic airports are available in Taipei, Taichung, Hwalian, Taitung, Chiayi, Tainan, Pingtung, Kinmen and Machu. The metropolitan areas are being developed with MRT systems, including the Taipei MRT and the Kaohsiung MRT systems, which make the metropolitan life more convenient.
Compared to other countries, Taiwan provides quality and inexpensive utilities and telecommunication services. It provides favorable prices or rates to users of oil and gas, environmental protection fees, and transportation fees. According to the Energy Information Administration of the US and the Malaysia Power Company's surveys in 2011, Taiwan's average household and industrial electricity rate was 8rd lowest among the 17 countries surveyed. Among the newly industrialized countries in Asia, Taiwan's average water unit rate was lower than Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. The average water unit rate in the European countries is 3 times to 9 times higher than in Taiwan.
World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its "2013 Network Readiness Rating (Network Readiness Index, NRI)" rankings, Taiwan has moved up one place from 11th last year to 10th spot worldwide. WEF Network Readiness rating is the most representative of the global IT competitiveness ranking of countries. There are 144 economies evaluated in 2013 NRI report by four subindexes which include Environment, Readiness, Usage, and Impact and are divided in to 10 pillars composed of 54 individual indicators in total. The percentage of the population accessing to the internet in Taiwan has been greatly increased which makes the ranking of the indicator of Households with Internet access moved from 31st place to 14th place and is the main reason why the overall ranking of Taiwan has been improved. In addition, the indicator of Government success in ICT promotion is ranked 7th place. Taiwan's ranking is moving up gradually in recent five years. The increased scores yearly indicate the development of Information and Technology in Taiwan has been improved upwardly and affirmed internationally.
According to the "Measuring the Information Society 2011" released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Taiwan ranks 5th lowest in the world in terms of FTTH/B and the internet penetration rate.
The internet penetration rate is high in Taiwan. About 80% (82.5%) of households have access to the internet, 80% (87.5%) have computers, 90% of the households with the internet access use 2Mbps or faster broadband.
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Data Source: Taiwan Power Company
( In New Taiwan Dollars/M3)
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Data Source: Taiwan Water Corporation
||Oil Price ( In New Taiwan Dollars)
Data Source: Energy Report April 2011, Bureau of Energy, MOEA
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