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Taiwanese firms to tout 5G tech at world congress

INNOVATIONS:Twelve local companies would showcase applications of technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said

Staff writer, with CNA and Reuters

A visitor plays virtual baseball with the Vive Pro Eye virtual reality headset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday.

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High-tech companies from Taiwan plan to showcase 5G developments at the Mobile World Congress, which opened yesterday in Barcelona, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has announced.

For the third time, the ministry is partnering with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (工研院) to set up a Taiwan pavilion at the congress, which brings together the latest innovations in mobile communications.

Twelve companies would demonstrate technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, the ministry said.

The pavilion would also display applications in smart-city development, it said.

The nation would be exhibiting smart-city achievements for the first time at the congress, the ministry said, adding that transportation, healthcare, governance, tourism, energy development, retail, agriculture and education applications would be demonstrated.

Several firms at the pavilion, such as wireless networking product supplier Edgecore Networks Corp (鈺登) and broadband application supplier Alpha Networks Inc (明泰), had previously only produced communications hardware, but have now expanded into software development, said Maggie Chao (趙國婷), a manager at the Communications Industry Development Project Office of the ministry’s Industrial Development Bureau.

At a time when the global tech sector is gearing up for 5G deployment, the firms have proved adept at integrating hardware and software capabilities, an advantage when looking for business opportunities, Chao said.

Pavilion exhibitors would display graphics chips, smart home systems, cloud technology, a data analysis platform for telecom customers, open networking solutions, multi-access edge computing and smart healthcare solutions, she added.

The ministry has worked with the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association, a congress organizer, to invite potential foreign buyers to see live demos at the pavilion in an effort to secure orders for the 12 firms, Chao said.

The congress, which runs until Thursday, expects to welcome about 2,000 exhibitors from around the world showing the latest mobile communications technologies.

Yesterday, HTC Corp (宏達電) unveiled its 5G smart hub that serves as a mobile hotspot with unprecedented data speeds for up to 20 users. The device enables bandwidth-intensive applications such as smooth 4K video streaming and low-latency gaming, and is equipped with a 12.7cm touchscreen to improve ease of use.

US and European carriers are to offer the product, HTC said in a statement.

The 5G hub handles cloud-based virtual reality (VR) applications, allowing users to stream VR content to a Vive Focus headset without relying on the computing power of a desktop computer, it said.

The 5G mobile hub is scheduled to go on sale in the second quarter of this year, according to HTC.

Intel Corp announced new chips and partnerships that it hopes will persuade investors that the billions of dollars poured into 5G research and development will pay off.

Intel said it has signed a deal with network gear makers Fibocom Wireless Inc, Arcadyan Technology Corp and others to include Intel modem chips in modules and gateways that help industrial equipment connect with 5G networks.

The firm also introduced new programmable chips to compete against Xilinx Inc, saying that it has reached deals with Ericsson AB and ZTE Corp (中興) to use Intel processors in their 5G networking gear.

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