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HTC One Max phablet makes best-seller list in mainland China

TAIPEI--Leading Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp.'s (宏達電) high-end 5.9-inch phablet, the HTC One Max, which supports the 4G LTE functions, has enjoyed brisk sales in China, market sources said Thursday.

The big-screen flagship model ranks on the best-selling handset list of China Mobile, the world's largest telecom carrier by subscriber, with more than 760 million customers, the sources said.

China Mobile has launched eight 4G TD-LTE smartphone models of different brands to help promote its commercial 4G telecom services, including the HTC One Max. TD-LTE is the protocol used by China Mobile's 4G network.

Market sources said the HTC One Max has been in short supply because of hot demand from China Mobile's clients.

China Mobile is targeting sales of 190 million to 220 million mobile handsets running on its wireless networks in 2014, with 100 million of those handsets running on its Time-Division Long-term Evolution (TD LTE) 4G network.

HTC will benefit from China Mobile's 4G rollouts, market analysts said.

KGI Securities Investment Trust said in a recent research note that China Mobile and HTC are set to launch four to six models in 2014 to get a bigger slice of China's booming smartphone market. KGI forecast that HTC's overall smartphone shipments could exceed 20 million units in 2014.

As HTC has made progress in its cooperation with China's top three mobile carriers — China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom — it is expected to gain a steady hold on the vast Chinese handset market, analysts said.

Taiwanese Companies Can Grab Shares in China's 4G Market

Taiwan could benefit from a growing market in China for fourth generation (4G) mobile communication services, the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) said Wednesday.

Beijing issued three 4G licenses to three state-run telecommunication companies — China Mobil, China Telecommunications and China United Network Communications — in December last year, officially launching the 4G era there.

This signals the opening of a market for at least 500,000 macro base stations in China that will generate more than NT$750 billion (US$24.9 billion)-worth of business opportunities, based on a cost of NT$1.5 million for each station, IDB officials said.

Although most Taiwanese companies lack the technologies and skills required for the establishment of macro base stations, they are good at the installation of small base stations and the production of terminal equipment such as smartphones and tablets, the officials said.

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