Hon Hai plans to launch 4G in first half of 2015
By John Liu, The China Post March 17, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hon Hai Precision Industry (鴻海) plans to recruit about 300 information communication technology employees this year as the company prepares to launch 4G service in the first half of 2015, Hon Hai's vice president Lu Fang-ming (呂芳銘) said recently.
Hon Hai's subsidiary Ambit Microsystems Corporation has obtained a new channel that runs on 700MHz frequency, which has a higher penetration capability than that of the 1800Mhz frequency.
As 70 to 80 percent of mobile devices are used indoors and 700MHz's higher penetration capability, it is expected that the company can afford to build fewer base stations, compared with the existing roughly 12,000 base stations that run the 1800Mhz frequency.
Hon Hai has production facilities located in 12 different countries. Taking wireless coverage and capacity into account, the company plans to outsource the construction of base stations. Lu said the company is currently in talks with foreign business partners, but would not disclose details.
Recruits to Prepare for Advent of 4G
The company plans to recruit about 5,000 new employees this year, 10 times more than the annual 500 to 600 new recruits in the past years. Of this year's new recruits, most of them will work in the R&D department. In addition, Hon Hai intends to recruit more software engineers and those proficient in the application of information communication technology.
The company is looking to recruit higher-level engineers who have experience activating base stations. Hon Hai estimates that it will recruit more than 1,000 4G engineers this year.
Hon Hai has achieved some tangible results with its 4G technology development. In a recent technology exhibition show, Hon Hai demonstrated its ability to set up base stations with floating balloons to provide wireless services to remote areas, during rescue effort and at large gatherings.
Hon Hai has also successfully developed the technology of 4G video teleconferences, multi-screen multimedia interaction, and outdoor 4G LTE high-speed broadband.
Hon Hai Began 4G Technology Endeavor Early
Taiwan provides a good testing environment for the application of 4G technology, Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) said. The company aims to connect production automation and cloud internet. Hon Hai's 4G technology development effort will expand overseas, Gou said, adding that the company will further develop Internet of Things (IoTs) and supply chain logistics.
While Hon Hai may not be in the best position to lead the development of 4G technology, in order to stay ahead of the trend, the company began allocating resources to prepare for the advent of 4G technology three years ago, Gou said.
In the field of 4G technology, all participating players will be collaborating with one another, Gou said, adding that major telecommunication companies will have to team up with Hon Hai for hardware development. Gou added that while competition might be inevitable, it is only a learning process.
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