Far EasTone Telecommunications Co Ltd (遠傳電信), the nation’s No. 3 telecom operator, yesterday said the company expects to start offering 5G services on its long-term-evolution (LTE) technology in 2018, ahead of commercial operations in 2020.
Far EasTone made the remarks during an open-house event at its new 5G laboratory, developed in collaboration with telecom equipment supplier Ericsson AB. The telecom company’s 5G lab is the first of its kind in Taiwan.
“The key message we want to send is that 5G is on the way. It is not a pipe dream, but a reality, that is fulfilled step by step,” Far EasTone executive vice president Herman Rao (饒仲華) told reporters.
“We hope to bring some new [5G] technologies or services to our customers as soon as possible. They do not have to wait until 2020,” Rao said.
Far EasTone hopes to offer some 5G pre-commercial services for subscribers during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Sough Korea, Rao said.
Far EasTone yesterday launched a demonstration of its services at its 5G lab in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋). The demonstration indicated that it has achieved data transmission of 1 gigabits per second aggregate speed on the company’s 4G network.
The phone company said the lab would be the test ground for 5G technologies and for end devices enabling the technology.
The tests will pave the way for Far EasTone to offer 5G services soon, Hans Karlsson, head of Ericsson’s research and development team in North East Asia, told reporters yesterday.
The research and development team, based in Beijing, has more than 5,000 engineers.
Far EasTone is the ninth partner of Ericsson’s global 5G partners to launch such a demonstration.
Ericsson collaborates with more than 20 telecom companies, or agencies in standardization and development of 5G technologies. Its partners include Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, South Korea’s ST Telecom and China’s China Academy of Telecommunication Research.
‘ACCORDING TO PLAN’: A company official said that it has set up production sites worldwide to provide services and that its Wisconsin project was going smoothly Hon Hai Precision Industry Co’s (鴻海精密) smart manufacturing center in Wisconsin would begin trial manufacturing in the middle of this year, the company said yesterday, adding that it plans to build a research institute to develop key technologies to support growth over the next five years. Hon Hai, known internationally as Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), said in an annual report submitted to the Taiwan Stock Exchange that its planned Foxconn Institute for Research in Science and Technology would conduct research into artificial intelligence, next-generation communications, quantum computing, cybersecurity and nano semiconductors in Taiwan. Hon Hai is to make products at the center
TV and online retailer Momo.com Inc (富邦媒體) yesterday said it has set up a new logistics subsidiary, Fu Sheng Logistics Co (富昇物流), to oversee the company’s extensive shipping operations. Leveraging Momo’s 23 satellite warehouses and distribution centers nationwide, Fu Sheng will be in charge of executing the retailer’s same-day shipment plan for deliveries in Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, Momo said in a press release. Seeking to further shorten its supply chain, the company is to set up another seven satellite warehouses and distribution centers by the end of the year. “Fu Sheng has a fleet of 200 couriers
E Ink Holdings Inc (元太科技), the world’s sole supplier of e-paper displays for e-readers and shelf labels, posted its best quarterly net profit for the first quarter in nine years amid increased demand during a traditionally slow season. Net profit soared 80 percent to NT$787 million (US$26.23 million) in the quarter ended March 31, compared with NT$438 million a year earlier. That translated into earnings per share of NT$0.69, up from NT$0.39. E Ink posted lower royalty income of NT$371.23 million last quarter from NT$448.74 million a year earlier, a company financial statement showed. E Ink said that it expects royalty income to
The latest US government action against Huawei Technologies Co (華為) takes direct aim the company’s HiSilicon (海思) chip division — a business that in over the past few years has become central to China’s ambitions in semiconductor technology, but is now to lose access to tools that are central to its success. That could make it the most damaging measure by the US yet against a Chinese company. On Wednesday, US officials told reporters that the Huawei’s chip division functioned as a “tool of strategic influence” for the Chinese Communist Party. Huawei, for its part, denounced the US allegations and called the