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Acer Inc’s telecom unit to reveal major China client

Staff writer, with CNA

PC maker Acer Inc’s (宏碁) telecom solutions unit Acer Octon Inc (宏碁通信) is expected to announce a new Chinese customer at the China International Cloud Computing Expo — to be held from April 10 to April 12 in Chongqing.

Acer Octon general manager James Sha (沙舟) told a news conference that the new customer is a large-scale Chinese enterprise that is not a telecom operator.

The company is also in talks with one of the top three telecom carriers in the US, along with other wireless carriers, banks and hospitals in Japan, Europe and Southeast Asia, aiming to persuade them to adopt the company’s telephone network solutions, Sha said. He declined to name any of the potential customers.

He added that Acer Octon plans to unveil a new terminal switch device — which can be used in telephone networks — at Acer’s annual press conference on April 23 in New York. The new gadget can also be used for smart buildings, such as in home security devices or walkie-talkie systems.

Acer teamed up with Octon in October last year to create affordable telephone network solutions mostly aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, as part of the company’s efforts to expand its business reach beyond the sagging global PC industry.

One of Acer Octon’s new products is a global communications network for businesses based on Internet Protocol communication, which is known as the abPBX plus series. The company says it integrates traditional telephone systems and desk phones with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to offer greater efficiency and reduced costs.

Another product is a minicomputer called the aBeing One, uses Acer Open Platform software to act as an intelligent hub, enabling users to share files or control devices running on different operating systems, according to Acer Octon.

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