The Far Eastern Group's communications business illustrates its successful venture into high-tech telecom industry. With the launch of new technology services, the Group will further diversify its services to meet the demands of extensive consumers in the telecom market. The communications & Internet business comprises of Far EasTone, NCIC Sparq, Digital United Inc., Arcoa Communication Co. Ltd and Qware, etc.
The new wave of industrial revolution occurs as a result of constant technological innovations and breakthroughs. In response to the new situation, Far EasTone engaged in the digital convergence business ahead of time in 2007 and won the bid for the WiMAX license with the lowest bidding price, becoming the only telecom operator obtaining such license in Taiwan. In order to strengthen the flow of digital information, and respond to the Group's global positioning and increasing economic interaction between China and Taiwan, Far EasTone Telecommunications has begun a merger with the fixed network company Sparq that will integrate fixed network and wireless services, enabling Far EasTone to provide comprehensive services such as one-number, cross-Strait, Internet of Things, cloud computing, and information security services. It will spur the company's overall enterprises customer market revenue growth.
In addition, the Group has undertaken electronic toll collection services. Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co., Ltd., invested and managed by the Group, officially launched the national freeway electronic toll collection system in 2006. More than 920,000 vehicles have installed OBUs in 2009 and 500 million tolls collected through ETC lanes, leading Taiwan toward a new state of intelligent transportation system.
Through modern, broadband, high-speed and quality infocomm network, the Far Eastern Telecom Group will strive to fulfill its vision of converging mobile phone, fixed line, Internet, media & information services and electronic toll collection services. In future, the Group will go beyond pure IT convergence and venture into combining telecom, information, entertainment and transaction to continue its role of an innovator, pioneer and challenger in Taiwan's telecom market.