Hon Hai, Foxconn ramp up hiring efforts before 4G launch

Ahead of Taiwan's 4G network launch, the firm has pressed ahead with hiring efforts as the company diversifies beyond manufacturing contracts.

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Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, plans to hire additional workers for its new 4G mobile service which is due to launch in 2015.

According to Bloomberg, the company will hire over a thousand additional sales people, engineers and staff for its marketing sector to boost its 4G network service and make sure everything is in place before its launch in 2015.

The firm said that as part of the launch preparations, 600 base stations will also be constructed all around Taiwan.

Hon Hai has recently made efforts to diversify beyond its manufacturing industry. The company is currently the no.1 contractor to produce parts for Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad. This month, the supplier said it will invest $40 million in to manufacturing in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, going beyond its traditional manufacturing plants in China. $30 million in investment will be used to hire 500 employees to build a "high-end supply chain," and $10 million will be used to develop robotic technology in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition, the company is considering building manufacturing centers in Arizona, following the construction of a facility in Japan which will develop displays and touch panels for the U.S. market.

In October, Taiwanese officials announced that the manufacturer was one of six winners for the high-speed mobile spectrum licenses. Hon Hai secured spectrum in the 700-MHz and 900-MHz bands. Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone, Taiwan Mobile, Star Mobile Telecommunications and Asia Pacific Telecom also purchased spectrum reserves.

At the moment, the island -- despite high levels of mobile device penetration -- only offers 3G networks. However, 4G, which has begun to spread across the West, offers higher speeds and better reliability.