KAOHSIUNG Oct 31 The world's largest
electronics assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry said
on Thursday it will turn new software development centres in
southern Taiwan into a data and cloud power base to focus on
It is Hon Hai's latest effort to climb up the value business
chain, after winning local 4G licences the previous day.
"Integration of software and hardware is the future,"
company chairman Terry Gou told reporters at Kaohsiung Software
Technology Park in southern Taiwan.
"Taiwan is our first step (for 4G business ). We will work
with global operators in the future, and this will also help our
design in the next generation smartphone."
Hon Hai, better known by its trading name Foxconn, announced
its partnership with Mozilla in June to launch devices run on
the U.S. company's Firefox operating system, as it looks to
reduce its reliance on making products for Apple Inc.
Gou said future content will focus on graphic and video, and
the company is planning to launch a gaming app and surveillance
service through the cloud. It will hire around 3,000 people.
He said in June the company would focus on developing new
technologies, intellectual property rights and e-commerce, in a
bid to move away from the its core contract manufacturing
business that yields low margins, with research and development,
software and patent rights the focal points.
It won a licence for two bands in Taiwan's domestic
fourth-generation (4G) mobile spectrum on Wednesday for a total
bidding price of T$9.18 billion ($312.19 million), a deal which
a fund manager said was good for the company to diversify into a