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Far EasTone joins mobile app alliance

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff Reporter

Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信), the nation’s third-largest telecoms operator, yesterday said it has joined a 15-member alliance orchestrated by China Mobile Co (中國移動) to jointly develop mobile applications and purchase telecoms equipment at a lower cost.

Other members of the alliance include Chinese Internet media company Sina Corp (新浪), telecoms carriers KT Corp of South Korea and NTT DoCoMo of Japan, handset makers and base station suppliers Nokia, Motorola and Samsung, and Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the developer behind the Angry Birds mobile games.

The alliance was unveiled yesterday during the Chinese phone company’s first global developers’ conference held in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.

“This platform will provide a boon for Taiwan’s application developers. I believe our collaboration [with China Mobile] will benefit Greater China users or even overseas Chinese communities,” Far EasTone chief technology officer Jeffrey Gee (紀竹律) said in a statement.

The latest development is an extension of Far EasTone’s partnership with China Mobile, the world’s top wireless service provider by subscribers.

Far EasTone was the only local company invited to participate in the conference.

In 2009, Far EasTone formed a strategic partnership with China Mobile by offering China Mobile users innovative mobile content that included mobile games, online music, digital books and -animations, which are available for Taiwanese mobile users via its mobile application store, dubbed S Mart (S市集).

Currently, Far EasTone is providing consulting services to China Mobile on deploying wireless networks in Chengdu and Ningbo in China.

Separately, Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), the nation’s biggest telecoms operator, yesterday said it plans to trim prices for its broadband Internet services by 20 percent on average.

About 2 million Chunghwa Telecom subscribers would benefit from the new pricing, which would need approval from the National Communications Commission before the plan can take effect, the phone company said in a statement.

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