The Taipei telecoms show is scheduled to re-open next month after a five-year suspension, but the focus will shift to showcasing localized mobile applications rather than hardware for export, the organizer said yesterday.
As the show will only target local consumers, the scale has been reduced to about 300 booths, 36 percent less than the 470 booths used in the 2006 fair, the last time it was held, according to figures from the organizer, the Taipei Computer Association (TCA, 台北市電腦公會).
The Taipei telecoms show used to compete with an international telecoms show held in Singapore.
“The Taipei telecoms show is evolving into a third stage, centering on the nation’s consumers,” association consultant Mike Lin (林智清) said during a media briefing. “To service fast-growing mobile Internet users, the show will showcase numerous mobile applications [primarily for handsets running Google Inc’s Android system] and digital content.”
The nation’s major telecoms operators, including Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), will be among the 100 companies attending, although there will not be any WiMAX operators or foreign telecoms suppliers at the show, the association said.
Local PC makers, such as Acer Inc (宏碁) and Asustek Computer Inc (華碩電腦), as well as smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電), will exhibit their products, the organizer said.
Renamed the Taipei Telecom Applications Show, the exhibition will take place from Feb. 10 through Feb. 13 at the Taipei World Trade Center.