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Telecoms operators eyeing cloud technology business

Staff Writer, with CNA

Major telecoms operators in Taiwan are gearing up to move into the booming cloud technology-based business by marketing products ranging from medical services to logistics management systems, market sources said on Saturday.

The size of the local cloud technology-based market, which a survey estimated to be worth NT$41 billion (US$1.34 billion) over the next three years, has provided a strong incentive for Taiwanese telecoms firms to vie for market share, the sources said.

Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信) and Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大), the three largest telecoms operators in Taiwan, have either already launched cloud-based services or will soon announce new services after integrating hardware and software applications.

Chunghwa Telecom is scheduled to offer medical services this week in collaboration with Show Chwan Health Care System (秀傳醫療體系), a local medical services provider that runs seven hospitals. Under the program, patients will be able to gain access to Show Chwan’s services and the organization will be able to keep patients under its close watch through cloud applications.

On the launch day, Chunghwa Telecom will demonstrate other cloud-based applications, such as managing electronic medical records, and will also demonstrate the process behind building a long-distance medical service system. During next month and December, Chunghwa Telecom is set to unveil additional cloud-based services, including “cloudbox,” a virtual data storage platform.

The company just last week introduced its “Chunghwa cloud market” service platform, the first of its kind in the country, that aimed to help independent software vendors find a client base with increased precision and thus help them save on marketing costs.

The company expected the new service would also enable small and medium-sized enterprises to rent software and hardware on the platform, lowering their operating costs.

Rival Far EasTone launched a cloud-based diagnosis platform in July to allow diabetics to check their blood sugar level and consult with doctors through smartphones and receive diagnoses from hospitals.

The Far EasTone diagnosis platform aims to recruit 50,000 to 60,000 subscribers to the service. In addition, Far EasTone has started a cloud-based logistics management platform, targeting small and medium-sized enterprises.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Mobile is planning to develop an integrated cloud-based platform featuring telecommunications, Internet, media and entertainment services. The company will invest NT$5 billion to build a cloud center in Neihu District in Taipei to develop the platform.

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