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4G LTE testing market forecast at NT$1 bil. in '14

TAIPEI -- The output value of testing and certification services for 4G LTE-enabled mobile devices in Taiwan will reach an estimated NT$1 billion (US$33 million) this year, a global certification company said recently

Daniel Lee, vice president of the mobile testing services division at Bureau Veritas Group's Taiwan branch, forecast that some 100 LTE smartphones and tablets will be tested this year for regulatory approval in Taiwan.

He said the testing fees for each device will average NT$10 million, bringing the total to NT$1 billion this year.

As of Monday, only eight smartphones had National Communications Commission's (NCC's) 4G LTE-type certification for use in Taiwan, Lee said at a press briefing in the group's laboratory in Taoyuan.

Of that number, seven were tested at the Bureau Veritas laboratory, he said, adding that the process usually takes about two weeks.

Bureau Veritas also provides certification for the use of 4G LTE mobile devices in overseas markets such as the United States and Europe, Lee said.

This allows manufacturers to save time and cut their costs in half since they do not need to send their devices to overseas laboratories, he added.

According to the NCC, Taiwan's communications regulator, the eight LTE phones that have already been certified in the country are products of HTC Corp. and Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan, and Sony Mobile Communications of Japan.

Taiwan's 4G LTE network is due to begin operation in the second half of this year, according to the companies that obtained operational licenses last year.

Bureau Veritas, one of the world's leading providers of compliance and certification services, was the first qualified certification body to issue the NCC's 4G LTE certificate in Taiwan, starting in January.

The laboratory seeks to help hardware manufacturers gain faster market access and support the government efforts to ensure product quality and safety, the group said.

“In Taiwan, we have been operating within this hi-tech industry for more than 25 years, delivering an integrated, comprehensive 'one-stop' testing and certification solution,” said Tarik Mahammed, vice president of the group's consumer products services in Asia.

“Meanwhile, we also act as a trusted partner to the Taiwan government in checking the product quality regarding compliance,” he said at the press briefing.

Founded in 1828, the Paris-based group has more than 62,000 employees at 1,330 offices and laboratories in 140 countries.

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