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Telecom firms eye cloud technology-based business

Staff Writer, with CNA

Major local telecom operators are gearing up to develop cloud technology--based business to tap the growing medical services sector at home and abroad, market sources said on Saturday.

Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信) and Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大) are all developing plans to integrate hardware and software applications for a share of the business.

Chunghwa Telecom is working with the government-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute and Hsinchu-based Tung Yuan Hospital to develop health-care services through cloud--computing technology.

It is targeting 100,000 potential customers working in the Hsinchu Science Park, the Central Taiwan Science Park and the Southern Taiwan Science Park.

It is also in talks on teaming up with Fujian Telecom (福建電信) and the Xiamen city government in China’s Fujian Province. Chunghwa Telecom is planning to invest more than NT$20 billion (US$692 million) over the next five years to develop the new cloud-based business.

Far EastTone, meanwhile, is already cooperating with five hospitals in developing a medical care platform through mobile communication devices to allow people with diabetes to check their blood sugar levels and consult with doctors.

Far EasTone is also aiming to penetrate the China market.

Taiwan Mobile, which has not yet announced a specific plan to develop its own cloud-based medical service business, has decided to raise this year’s capital expenditure to NT$7.3 billion from NT$6.4 billion as part of its efforts to build infrastructure for cloud technology development.

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