■ CommunicationsText-message record set
A total of 2.22 million text messages were sent via the Chunghwa Telecom mobile network in the first hour of 2005, the highest-ever hourly record, company officials said yesterday. The figure compared with 1.7 million recorded in the first hour of last year, according to Chunghwa Telecom chief engineer Shih Mu-piao (石木標). A total of 8.54 million text messages were sent via the company's mobile network on New Year's eve on Friday, up nearly 30 percent from the 6.31 million registered on the same day the previous year, Shih said. The highest daily volume last year was recorded on the first day of the Lunar New Year, which stood at 12 million, followed by Christmas Day, which stood at some 9 million, Shih said.
Science park meets targets
Production value of the Southern Taiwan Science Park reached NT$270 billion (US$8.44 billion) last year, an official said yesterday. Tai Chien (戴謙), director-general of the Southern Taiwan Science Park Administration, said the facility had achieved its target of NT$250 billion and that it was looking at production value of at least NT$300 billion this year. Last year, the park also met its goals of attracting 30 new manufacturers to set up operations in the park and increasing staff numbers to more than 30,000 people, Tai said. The park consists of two sections, located in adjacent Tainan and Kaohsiung counties. A total of 157 manufacturers have received approval to set up operations in the park, with 127 at the Tainan County section and another 30 in the Kaohsiung County section.