Gou to discuss 4G standards at cross-strait forum


TAIPEI–The chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, will take part in a forum with industry representatives from Taiwan and China today to discuss communications industry standards.

Terry Gou is expected to deliver a keynote speech and take part in a panel discussion on the first day of the 10th Cross-Strait Communications Industry and Technical Standards Forum, which will be held Oct. 21-22 in New Taipei.

A 70-member Chinese delegation led by Yang Xueshan, China’s deputy minister of industry and information technology, will also participate in the forum, according to the organizers.

Yang is expected to announce the results of the two sides’ cooperation on China’s homegrown 4G TD-LTE wireless broadband standard, the organizers said.

Hon Hai’s Gou said earlier this month at the APEC CEO Summit held in Indonesia that his group intends to develop computer and communication products with smart content and smart medical systems and contribute to the building of smart cities that are connected to 4G or even newer communication technologies.

Hon Hai, which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc., has 40 manufacturing facilities in 12 countries worldwide that employ 1.3 million people.

The conglomerate has sought to tap into the 4G telecom business in Taiwan through subsidiary Ambit Microsystems Corp., which participated in the bidding for Taiwan’s 4G spectrum in early September.

Analysts believe that Hon Hai has the best chance to succeed as a new entrant in the 4G realm because it has an experienced management team and a sound financial base, and can exploit synergies with its other businesses.