Taipei, July 13, 2012 (CENS)--Based on past transaction records and planned 2013 rollouts of new services, Chairman of China Mobile Ltd., Xi Guohua, is estimated to bring the company's strategic partners in Taiwan multibillion-NT-dollar orders when he visits them sometime in the fourth quarter.
Suggested by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and MOEA-governed Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the mainland China's No.1 mobile service provider mulls holding its partners convention in Taiwan for the first time this year.
In each of the past two years, China Mobile has placed orders in excess of NT$100 billion (US$3.3 billion at US$1:NT$30) with its Taiwanese partners. As the telecom carrier plans to commercialize TD-LTE mobile service in 2013, industry executives estimated the company would increase contracts this year to Taiwanese suppliers.
Among the products on the company's shopping list, industry executives estimated, are near-field communications (NFC) mobile phones, chip design service, chip module assembly service, mobile payment card readers, mobile payment cards, and other applications products.
As Taiwanese manufacturers have been China Mobile's prominent partners in the supply of TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE equipment, the mobile service provider has been convinced to hold the convention in Taiwan. During his stay, Xi is expected to visit foundry supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), mobile chip vendor MediaTek Inc., handset supplier HTC Corp., as well as tablet PC makers Asustek Computer Inc. and Quanta Computer Inc.
Xi visited Taiwan in June last year in his capacity as Chinese Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology. Early this year he replaced Wang Jiangzhou as the company's chairman.
(by Ken Liu)