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Taiwanese telecoms procure more laptops for sale in 2010.

Taipei, Mar. 22, 2010 (CENS) -- With laptops with different specifications becoming popular with consumers, Taiwanese telecom companies have decided to increase procurements of notebook PCs, netbook PCs and laptops based on CULV (consumer ultra low voltage) platform for sale in 2010 on the island, according to industry sources.

Industry insiders analyze that economy recovery has driven telecom companies to increase procurement of mobile phones and laptops, especially netbook PCs and CULV laptops, to tap the increasing popularity of 3G communications and mobile broadband network.

Chunghwa Telecom Co., the largest telecom service provider in Taiwan, is going to buy a total of 100,000 CULV laptops and netbook PCs from Acer, Asus, BenQ and Sony, and models installed with Windows 7 from Gigabyte, Asus and Acer in 2010. The firm also considers sourcing other netbook PCs from HP and ECS.

In the meantime, Taiwan Mobile Co., besides continuing buying branded netbook PCs from Acer and Asus, has decided to add CULV laptops in its procurement list the first time in the year, while Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., Ltd., considering WiMAX (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) is gradually built for commercial use, has also planned to start selling netbook PCs built with WiMAX modules.

Also, four officially licensed operators on WiMAX services in Taiwan, namely Tatung InfoComm Co., Global Mobile Corp., VMAX Co. and Vee Telecom Multimedia Co., will also kick off promotion of WiMAX-incorporated netbook PCs made by Acer, Asus, ECS or VIA Technologies Inc. starting in 2010 on the island.

Insiders project total procurements of notebook PCs, netbook PCs and CULV-based laptops by Taiwan's four major telecom companies, namely Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone and Vibo Telecom Inc., to exceed 300,000 units in 2010, doubling from 150,000 units bought in 2009. But, they warn that telecom companies' moves to raise budgets on laptops may erode overall demand for handsets in Taiwan. In 2010, estimated 6.7-7 million units of various handsets are on demand in the market, slightly up 3% from 2009.

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Author:Chuang, Steve
Publication:The Taiwan Economic News
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Date:Mar 22, 2010
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