A week in tech

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

A week in Japan tech

Telecommunications

- Toshiba expects global demand for semiconductors to start to ramp up next year with more improvement anticipated by 2004. Toshiba also downplayed speculation that the company was considering retreating from the chip business. Toshiba is considering tapping capital markets to finance some new investments and may issue commercial paper or bonds in 2003 for that purpose.

- The net rise in the number of mobile phone subscription contracts in November hit a record-low 363,800, an industry body said. The November tally highlighted the slowing pace of expansion in the mobile phone market, the Telecommunications Carriers Association said.

- KDDI launches international data communications services in South Korea and...

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