Fri, Oct 10, 2003 - Page 10 News List

Telecoms research program approved


The National Science Council (NSC) approved yesterday the launch of the second phase of a national telecommunications research program from next year, outlining the birth of a third hi-tech industry with an annual production value worth more than NT$1 trillion (US$29.67 billion) by 2007.

The national telecommunication research program, which kicked off in May 1998 with the aim of building Taiwan into a technologically advanced nation, will continue with its second phase from the beginning of next year, following the smooth completion of the first phase, slated for the end of this year, it was decided at an NSC board meeting.

Under the program, the production value of the domestic wireless telecommunications sectors and the broadband telecommunications sector will be able to hit NT$580 billion and NT$500 billion, respectively, in 2007, board members said.

The two sectors together will create an output of more than NT$1 trillion, in addition to the semiconductor and the TFT-LCD industries included in the "two-trillion, two-star" plan of the first phase, they explained.

According to NSC officials, the second phase will focus on application and service-oriented fields in an effort to build a comprehensive telecom service mechanism that provides a sound Internet environment and service-based platform.

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