Microsoft Taiwan, TECO and Chunghwa Telecom form alliance to push digital industrial upgrading
Published 31 March 2021
The world’s major motor producer TECO, Taiwan’s largest largest wireless carrier Chunghwa Telecom, and global cloud provider Microsoft have signed a memorandum on March 22 to foster the development of Industry 4.0 worldwide, seeking a strategic alliance on the principle of equality and reciprocity.
These three companies will join forces to induce corporate digital industrial transformation and information-security upgrading, as well as expand their business opportunities in developing smart energy, smart home appliances, smart cloud service centres and other Industry 4.0 solutions. Those products can be distributed via Microsoft global ecosystem.
The alliance also marks the inauguration of TECO’s new operation model “Manufacturing as a Service”. It aims to develop precautionary maintenance for electromechanical products, smart factory solutions, AR remote collaboration, and big-data platform.
“The alliance with TECO will help the latter overhaul its operation and business model, thereby enabling it to make major inroads into the global market,” said Ken Sun, general manager of Microsoft Taiwan.
TECO chairwoman Sophia Chiu said that TECO is poised to carry out a number of major projects, including virtual digital infrastructure, mixed cloud-end structure, information security, and high-performance, safe cross-border operating network, taking advantage of the backing of Chunghwa Telecom and Microsoft to deploy in 5G-based factories worldwide.
Under this partnership, Chunghwa Telecom can provide corporate customers digital-transformation services and various solutions, including new-generation SD-WAN network, cloud-end/IDC, big-data analysis, 5G+AIoT, blockchain, information security, and green energy.
The three parties have pledged their contribution to Taiwan’s industrial transformation. Chunghwa Telecom’s chairman Sheih Chi-mau said that the company would ally with more manufacturers to push smart manufacturing, in order to accelerate Taiwan’s industrial upgrading and help corporate customers transform their operations. Apart from the long-established relationship with Microsoft, Chunghwa annouced in 2019 that it had achieved Advanced Consulting Partner status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).
Last year, Microsoft also launched the “Reimagine Taiwan” program, pledging to make the region a digital transformation hub in Asia.