A week in tech

A summary of all the major tech stories in Asia this week broken down by country and sector.

Japan

Telecommunications

Furukawa Electric is considering closing or selling five of the 10 optical fiber plants it bought last autumn from Lucent Technologies for $2.2 billion. With capacity utilization rates remaining low, the company will also cut its work force in related divisions by 20% from the current 3,700 by year-end. The global telecommunications slump has caused the firm to post a fiscal 2001 group net loss.

Hardware

Dell Computer Japan released a 93,800 yen US$750 desktop personal computer for the domestic market. The DIMENSION 4500C is the first Dell Computer product for sale exclusively in Japan. Dell Computer's PC shipments in Japan increased 39.5% to 818,000 in 2001. Dell moved up two notches...

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