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  • Taiwan, China Internet Service Providers May Cooperate
  • October 27, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Two Internet service providers in China reportedly intend to tie-up with Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. to develop the less-cultivated network market in the region.
    It is reported that Chunghwa Telecom has begun negotiations with one of the two ISPs in China for a plan to connect networks on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through routers of Hong Kong ISPs.

    An executive from one ISP in China said his company hopes to bring Chinese people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait together and draft a set of global standards for electronic business.

    He said this is in preparation for the future, when E-business is expected to affect the economy deeply all over the world.

    The executive added that his company, which runs "cyber cafes" in China, hopes to work with Chunghwa Telecom.

    With a huge 1.2 billion population, China has only 1.5 million Internet users and just over 300 Chinese-language Web sites.

    Despite its limited population of Internet users, China has seen both output and sales of personal computers rise in recent years.

    It is estimated that the region's PC output hit 3 million units in 1997, and this figure is expected to surpass 5 million this year.

    In 1996, 2.1 million PCs were sold in China, and sales climbed to 3.5 million in 1997.

    For 1998, PCs sales are estimated to reach 5 million, an annual average growth of 63 percent.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Mon Oct 26 16:58:53 1998 PDT