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Taipei Telecom Show set for Feb. 21

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The 2013 Taipei Telecom Show (2013電信暨智慧生活展) is set to begin Feb. 21, the Taipei Computer Association (TCA, 台北電腦公會) announced yesterday.

The event will take place at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall and feature new and upcoming applications of mobile services, cloud computing, and the fourth-generation mobile network (4G).

Participating product and service providers have increased by 14 percent compared to last year, with 80 companies setting up a total of 320 exhibition booths, according to the TCA.

Advent of 4G

The event will bear the theme of "tangible happiness," signifying the benefits of the advent of mobile communications, and in particular of the forthcoming 4G or long-term-evolution (LTE) mobile network.

Citing a study conducted in January by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), the TCA indicated that about 381 telecom operators across 118 countries have initiated investment toward 4G or LE, with 145 operators actively generating revenues from the use of the next generation network technology.

The TCA stated that with the forthcoming announcement of regulatory stipulations in July and the release of the 4G license at the end of this year, Taiwan's mobile communication landscape is poised to experience significant change.

At the event, major local telecom operators will demonstrate various upcoming value-added mobile services that will take advantage of the next generation network technology, as they adjust revenue models to the changes in user behavior since the proliferation of smart phones and other mobile devices.

In the field of cloud computing, a hospital will unveil its cloud-based application that will facilitate the storage and access of data on patients' blood pressure and heart rate, in addition to various new cloud-based point-of-sale systems for retail, while E.Sun Bank (玉山銀行) will demonstrate its mobile phone based online shopping system.

The event will also feature various prizes for drawing, and will feature a music competition. The TCA also invited major telecom operators to discuss and provide suggestion for the government on the upcoming 4G or LTE network.

Chunghwa Telecom said that the current third-generation 2.6 Ghz frequency is inadequate for the LTE capability of the popular iPhone 5 handset, and suggested the government implement the release of the 4G license at a reasonable price to promote competition in bidding for 4G bandwidth.

Taiwan Mobile indicated that 4G services require tremendous capital investments in infrastructure, and should be deployed in places where it is truly needed.

FETnet stated that 4G will rely heavily on the existing fiber-optics network, and cited coverage and transmission speed as major goals.

Global Mobile Group raised the concern over the possibility of interference among different bandwidth frequencies of separate networks of carriers.

VeeTIME voiced concern over the abandoning of the WiMAX network in light of advancing toward 4G or LTE, citing tremendous sunk costs.

Telecom operators pledged further collaboration with content providers to further improve the mobile communication system.

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Members of the Taipei Computer Association (台北電腦公會) promote the 2013 Telecom Show at a press conference yesterday. The event will cover the three main subjects of 4G network applications, value-added mobile services, and cloud computing. (CNA)

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