Asustek Computer is set to release its new 7-inch MeMO Pad 7 ME70CX tablet in early September in Taiwan priced at NT$2,990 (US$100) to attract demand, according to the company. Sources from the upstream supply chain pointed out that the MeMO Pad tablets’ aggressive pricing has put strong pressure on Asustek’s competitors, especially white-box vendors, which may start to be phased out of the market in the first half of 2015.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Asia Pacific Telecom (APT,亞太電信) Chairman Lu Fang-ming (呂芳銘) yesterday stated that shifting its 4G network launch date from the first quarter of next year to before the end of this year is the best path for the company, he said at the firm’s extraordinaire shareholders’ conference. Shareholders questioned APT executives on the lack of progress in its forthcoming 4G network, as the technology has already been implemented by rivals in the sector.
In what comes as the largest funding round for a Taiwan startup this year, Taipei-based KKBox has announced it just raised US$104 million from Singapore’s GIC, a government owned investment firm. The company says it will use the funding to continue its overseas expansion and improve its technology. “The investment stems from GIC’s confidence in the long-term growth potential of KKBox given its unique music streaming service and strong franchise in its home markets.
With growing competition in the 4G market, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT, 中華電信) yesterday announced its new 4G data plan deals, increasing allowed data use while lowering prices, hoping to attract more customers. Those enrolled in the NT$636, NT$936 and NT$1136 data plans, with purchase of select 4G compatible phones, can have unlimited 4G data use in the first six months, and starting on the seventh month until the contract’s expiration, their allowed monthly data use will be tripled while landline calling minutes will be doubled.
During the first half of 2014, the number of adults using the mobile Internet in Taiwan reached 9.87 million. The Taiwan Network Information Center published a report on the broadband network usage in Taiwan in 2014, which said that over the past three years, Taiwan’s Internet growth rate maintained a rate of over 70% and it also reached 77.6% in 2014. Meanwhile, the development of mobile devices has promoted the rise of the mobile Internet.
There will be an estimated 250 million handsets sold in the India market in 2014, 35% of which will be smartphones, an increase from the 23% in 2013. However, with a population of 1.2 billion and an underdeveloped infrastructure in India has resulted in a complicated system for marketing handsets and offering after-sale service. To collect direct information on the India market, Digitimes interviewed four India-based handset-marketing companies in Chennai and New Delhi and invited India-based enterprises and Taiwan-based MediaTek and Delta Electronics to attend two India-Taiwan business symposiums.
Desktop shipments are expected to enjoy growth in 2014 with Microsoft ending its support for Windows XP, but the all-in-one PC market, which focuses mainly on the consumer market and did not start enjoying demand until recent years, may not be able to benefit from the growth. Digitimes Research expects all-in-one PC shipments to drop 2.4% on year in 2014 because enterprise and consumer buyers have both used their budgets to purchase conventional desktops. Sony quitting from the PC market is another driver that is causing all-in-one PC shipments to drop in 2014.
TAIPEI — HTC Corp. (宏達電) confirmed it will launch the world’s first Android smartphone using an octa-core 64-bit processor on Sept. 4, trying to steal spotlights ahead of the annual IFA electronics trade show in Germany. The next HTC handset is codenamed with “820” as the company hinted in its teaser images posted on its Twitter-like Sina Weibo microblog in China. The Taiwanese smartphone maker has sent out media invitations for a press conference in Berlin, Germany on Sept. 4, which will be hosted by Chang Chia-lin, HTC’s president of global sales and chief financial officer.
During Digitimes president Colley Hwang’s recent trip to India, he had the opportunity to meet with various government and industry leaders, including Shri R.S. Sharma, secretary (Electronics and Information Technology), Ministry of Communications & IT and Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeiTY) – two high ranking officers in the government unit that promotes and handles India’s handset industry development – in order to gain and provide more insight into the potential for closer ties between Taiwan and India in developing India’s local handset industry.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Star Cellular Co. yesterday launched the company’s 4G mobile broadband network while unveiling competitively priced subscription contract terms in vying for the crowded local telecoms market. The company yesterday announced that unlimited usage plans for its 4G LTE network will be available for NT$599 monthly under two-year contracts. The company emphasized that subscribers under its two-year contracts will have fully unlimited 4G usage, and that no connection speed throttling will be imposed regardless of bandwidth consumption.
TAIPEI–Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and MediaTek Inc. ranked as the three largest research and development spenders among the manufacturers listed on Taiwan’s main board and the over-the-counter (OTC) market in the second quarter of his year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). Citing statistics, the MOEA said that the TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, spent NT$13.6 billion (US$453 million) in R&D expenses during the April-June period, topping R&D spending rankings among Taiwan’s listed manufacturers.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Keeping a finger on the pulse the Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG, 青年奧運), Chunghwa Telecom Co. (CHT, 中華電信) has launched a video on demand (VOD) service. CHT, Taiwan’s top telecom operator, successfully streamed the grand opening ceremony of 2014 Nanjing YOG live on Aug. 16, where abundant Chinese cultural symbols were presented, which included jasmine flowers, blue and white porcelain, and images of the Silk Road, as well as traditional acrobatics.
US chipmaker Intel Corp and Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software-defined networking. At a press conference, the two companies said they will jointly explore the software-defined infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency at cloud data centers.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) on Thursday unveiled its Chromebox CXI, its first desktop computer powered by Google Inc.’s Web centric Chrome operating system, with a view to meeting demand in schools and businesses. The computer boots up in about eight seconds and resumes instantly from sleep mode thanks to its 16GB solid-state drive, Acer said in a statement. The device’s compact form also helps save space in libraries, classrooms and offices, the company said.
Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is interested about the Internet of Things (IoT) industry and has been investing in related businesses as well as looking at its existing businesses to make connections with the IoT industry, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, Foxconn does not plan to only become a maker of IoT products, the company is also looking to acquire technologies, IC design capability and the ability to conduct back-end transmission, data collection and analysis, the sources said.
The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.065 trillion (US$35.48 billion) in first-half 2014, growing 0.14% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The three science parks posted combined export value of NT$658.926 billion in the period, decreasing 4.37% on year, and combined import value increased 1.35% on year to NT$396.486 billion, MOST said.
Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp. and Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software-defined networking . At a press conference, the two companies said they will jointly explore the software-defined infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency at cloud data centers.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. (宏達電) has said it is ready to take on the challenge from Apple Inc.’s anticipated iPhone 6 in the Taiwanese market with the newest member of its popular Butterfly family that was launched Tuesday. The HTC Butterfly 2, launched at a press conference in Tokyo, will go on sale in Japan Aug. 29 and in Taiwan Sept. 2, followed by more Asian markets such as Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Inventec has released its financial report for the second quarter of 2014, recording consolidated revenues of NT$104.9 (US$3.5 billion), gross margin of 5.3%, net operating profit of NT$1.68 billion, net profit of NT$1.48 billion and net EPS of NT$0.41. Commenting on the reduced profits in the second quarter compared to the first, Inventec pointed out that the drop mainly resulted from exchange losses, but the company’s gross margin in the second quarter was better than the first and is expected to stay at around the same level in the second half.
TAIPEI — Yahoo Inc. said Monday its native advertising service in Taiwan is very likely to expand, as the new marketing concept has attracted many brand customers in the country and helped them save costs. The Internet portal said it has landed major brands like Sweden’s furniture retailer IKEA Group, Japanese electronics maker Hitachi Ltd. and South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. on its native ads platform, which was launched in Taiwan in late June.