Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

Mon, Sep 30, 2013 - Page 14


Electricity hikes limited

An average 8.49 percent increase in electricity rates that takes effect tomorrow will not affect most households or small businesses, state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) said. Homes that consume 500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or less of electricity per month will be exempt from the price hike, as will small businesses consuming 1,500kWh or less per month, according to Taipower. In total, there are 9.85 million homes that consume 500kWh or less of electricity per month in the nation, while 710,000 small businesses consume 1,500kWh or less of electricity per month, Taipower said.


Tablets drive LED market

Tablet computers will continue to drive the LED backlight market, Taipei-based LEDinside said. “Although the future growth of tablet computers is waning, they still have considerable room to grow compared with other information technology products,” LEDinside said in a recent note, forecasting tablet shipments to grow 31.1 percent to 196 million units this year. With the LED-backlight TV market saturated and weak TV sales, the global LED-backlight TV market value is expected to slump for the first time ever next year, it added.


Lumia available next week

Nokia Oyj launched its latest Windows Phone 8-based smartphone in Taiwan on Thursday. The Nokia Lumia 1020, boasting a 41-megapixel camera and optical image stabilization technology, will be sold via Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) from Oct. 8 for NT$24,900. Prior to its local launch, the Lumia 1020 was released in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia, said Vlasta Berka, vice president of sales and marketing at Nokia Pan Asia.