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Premier pushes for 5G leadership at close of conference

Staff writer, with CNA

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday at the end of a strategic conference on developing fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks that now is the time to begin taking action on the next-generation communications technology.

Jiang said Minister Without Portfolio Simon Chang (張善政) will coordinate efforts on Taiwan’s strategic 5G blueprint.

The government needs to be quick and develop key technologies to sustain the nation’s edge in the information and communications sector, Jiang said.

National Science Council Vice Minister Lin Yi-ping (林一平) pledged that his agency would build a service platform based on the concept of a “mini Apple park.”

Chang, who is the premier’s point man on technology, explained the concept, saying that “big Apple” refers to today’s smartphones and that Taiwan will face difficulties competing against international giants in this arena.

The “mini Apple park” does not require Taiwan to face off against international giants, but rather to think about the future and develop specific functions catering to the predicted lifestyles that can exist independently and be integrated into commonly used cellphones, Chang said.

In terms of 5G development, Taiwan must target research and development (R&D) efforts in specific areas, such as smart handheld devices, chips and applications and services to develop competitive edges in key niches, Chang said.

Lin said the council will also develop an R&D platform for the development of 5G based on the needs of the industry.

A team comprised of industrial, academic and research talent will join the R&D efforts so that the 5G network can become what he referred to as the nation’s “hidden champion,” one that is not high-profile, but highly successful and the leader in its field, Lin said.

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