Satellite service on mobiles
Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) yesterday launched mobile satellite services in cooperation with a Middle East-based operator that can turn Apple’s iPhone into a satellite phone. Users can dial or take satellite phone calls when their iPhones are combined with a satellite adaptor, manufactured by Thuraya Telecommunications Co. Leng Tai-feng (冷台芬), president of Chunghwa Telecom’s international business group, said the new device is expected to help boost the company’s mobile satellite service subscribers from the current 800 to 3,000 by next year. Thuraya Telecommunications is also working on a satellite adaptor for Android-powered smartphones, but the device is unlikely to be launched this year, the company said.
Leung gets prison term
AU Optronics Corp (AUO, 友達光電) executive Steven Leung (梁兆龍) was sentenced to two years in prison and fined US$50,000 for participating in a conspiracy to fix prices of LCD panels used in computers. US District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco imposed the sentence on Monday, saying the Taiwan-born Leung took part in a “serious, far-reaching conspiracy” that had “substantial consequences to the US market.” Leung, a US citizen who still has a home in Taiwan, was responsible for the AUO division that sold panels to Dell and HP. Prosecutors sought a 30-month sentence, but Leung’s attorneys asked for one year in prison.