Great Wall Broadband set to place big orders in Taiwan

By Alfred Lee, The China Post

Great Wall Broadband Network Service Co. Ltd. of mainland China is expected to purchase NT$4 billion worth of local area network (LAN) equipment from Taiwan, according to Yang Yuhang, president of the company, who is visiting Computex Taipei 2001. Yang said his company is currently building the infrastructure of a broadband network, which would purchase most of its network equipment and Internet devices from Taiwan manufacturers.

Great Wall Broadband Network Service has decided to place orders with D-Link Corp., a leader in high-end home networking and broadband networking products, and with Accton Technology Corp., Yang told local press. The main items to be purchased on the current trip are the network switches used to construct LAN and wide area networks (WAN).

The top executive indicated that the company’s total purchases of broadband network equipment this year would eventually reach NT$10 billion. He expressed the intention of cooperating with IT companies in Taiwan to develop the market and establish industrial standards for the next generation network.

Initially, Great Wall Broadband will purchase from Taiwan on an OEM basis. In the near future the relationship will be escalated to an ODM arrangement, in which Taiwan manufacturers make broadband network devices according to the design specifications provided by Great Wall Broadband.

Yang stated that there is ample room for business growth among high tech companies on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.