India-based Bharti Enterprises is to develop IoT and other communication devices with local EMS Dixon Technologies to capitalize on the government policy designed to encourage local production, according to a media report from India.
Vietnam has joined the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), and has signed FTAs (free-trade agreements) with the EU and the UK. These deals have positioned Vietnam as a preferred location for manufacturers seeking to disperse their capacity deployments amid the US-China trade disputes.
Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a US-based non-profit organization established in 2016, is helping five Indonesian telecom carriers test Open Radis Access Network (RAN) that reduces costs for building connectivity in remote and less populated islands in the eastern parts of the cuntry.
IC testing interface solution provider Chunghwa Precision Test (CHPT) has upgraded its factory in northern Taiwan into 5G-based smart facility through cooperation with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), its parent company, according to CHPT.
Despite the pandemic-induced impacts, global electric vehicle (EV) shipments reached as high as 2.5 million units in 2020 - an achievement that has encouraged governments in advanced economies to accelerate policy formation that will be favorable to the advancement of the EV industry, according to industry experts.
China-based PCB maker Wus Printed Circuits will see its revenue performance for 2021 hinge largely on whether demand for 5G infrastructure applications in China will rebound, according to industry sources.
Taiwan's cabinet has decided to establish a ministry of digital development in 2022 to accelerate the country's digital transformation, promote digital economy and improve information and communications security, according to minister without portfolio Yau-hwang Kuo .
Third-party foundries will continue to play an important role in Intel's freshly unveiled IDM 2.0 strategy. TSMC is currently a major contract chipmaker for the US chip giant, and is expected to remain so in the foreseeable future. Chip shortages are worsening, spreading across many different market segments. Sercomm has disclosed networking chip lead times have now extended to a year. In Taiwan, some major companies, such as Compal and Asustek, are eyeing smart pole business opportunities. They have formed an alliance aiming to set smart pole standards for the worldwide market.
Overall components shipments for 5G infrastructure construction in China remain in low gear, but Taiwan's CCL makers are still being asked by Chinese clients to prepare for possible shipments of high speed/frequency offerings to them, according to industry sources.
Microsoft, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) and Teco Electric & Machinery will cooperate to promote Industry 4.0 in Taiwan by integrating Microsoft's cloud computing technology and services, CHT's ICT capability and Teco' strength in electromechanics to develop smart solutions in line with fast growing application of 5G and AIoT, according to Microsoft Taiwan.
Samsung Electronics has released its new 5G smartphones, the A52 and the A72, in Taiwan and expects Taiwan's 5G users to reach more than 5.5 million or a penetration rate of over 20% by the end of 2021, according to co-vice president of Samsung Taiwan Jacob Chen.
Taiwan Mobile will expand its business deployments in Southeast Asia through cooperation with partners in e-commerce, digital ads, gaming and other services, as part of its efforts to implement its "super 5G" strategy - "Gift," "Group," "Grit," "Green" and "GSEA" (Greater Southeast Asia), according to company president Jamie Lin.
Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) will take multiple approaches other than aggressive pricing to expand and differentiate its commercial 5G services in 2021, according to company president Chee Ching.
LCD panel makers have seen orders picking up, in turn boosting their demand for driver ICs. But supply of LCD driver ICs has fallen far short of demand, prompting vendors to consider raising prices. Many other components are also in short supply, including networking chips. Some networking chip vendors, such as Braodcom, have had to extend their delivery lead times. At TSMC, its foundry services are expected to see strong demand from 5G, HPC and automotive sectors during second-quarter 2021.
Taiwan-based optical component suppliers expect their shipments for 5G network applications to gain momentum starting second-quarter 2021, bolstered by a pick-up in demand from China and other markets, according to industry sources.
A strong focus at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021 (MWCS 2021) was on how the telecom industry will transform and how communication technologies can be upgraded to meet the needs of 5G vertical applications, Digitimes Research has observed.
Major Taiwan-based ODM Wistron is stepping up its foray into the value-added service sectors by leveraging diverse business tentacles of its subsidiaries and forging strategic alliances with cross-industry partners, as part of its major transformation efforts, according to company vice chairman Robert Huang.
The foundry sector has seen tight supply across all segments, with 6-inch fab capacity almost fully booked for third-quarter 2021 thanks to strong demand for a wide range of applications, such as analog chips and discrete power devices. And short suply in the memory sector is also expected to drive up DRAM and NOR flash prices through second-half 2021. In Poland, startup IS-Wireless is aiming to break the vendor lock-in imposed by big players in the mobile telecom industry. IS-Wireless CEO Slawomir Pietrzyk recently told Digitimes how his company does it.
Taiwan Star Telecom is set to boost the number of its 5G service subscribers to account for 20% of its overall users or more than 550,000 subscribers by the end of 2021, up from nearly 5% at the moment.