Datacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.
The Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.
Want China Times — Chinese telecom operators have begun planning for the arrival of the fifth-generation (5G) wireless telecommunication technology, which is expected to be commercially launched in 2020, Chinese web portal NetEase reported. Although China only began offering 4G services at the end of 2013, telecom companies are already planning for the introduction of 5G, the standards for which will be established in 2016, the web portal said.
Tech In Asia — For years, China’s telecom industry has been dominated by the three state-owned giants: China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile. So there was a lot of excitement when, last year, it seemed like internet companies would be given the chance to run their own telecom networks. Granted, these new virtual telecom operators would still have lease network infrastructure from one of the “big three,” but many felt that it would still be good to get some new blood in the telecom industry – especially after Xiaomi became one of the companies granted a license.
Want China Times — More and more telecom operators around the world that have deployed Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) networks are considering exploring the global Time Division Duplex (TDD) LTE market on the 3.5 GHz band, reports Shanghai’s China Business News. China Telecom and China Unicom, two of China’s three major telecom operators, have begun carrying out trials on TDD and FDD integration after both of them obtained FDD and TDD-LTE hybrid networking pre-commercial operating licenses earlier this year, allowing them to each carry out initial trials in 16 pilot cities.
Digi Times — China shipped a total of 237 million handsets in the first half of 2015, rising 7.4% from a year earlier, with shipments of 4G models increasing 381.8% on year to 195 million units, according to data from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). Shipments of 4G models accounted for 82.2% of total handset shipments in the six-month period, buoyed by strong marketing efforts by the top-three telecom operators, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.
China Tech News — Alcatel-Lucent has signed comprehensive framework agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom. According to the agreements, Alcatel-Lucent will support the transformation of the two carriers and help them build faster and more cost-effective nationwide mobile and fixed broadband networks.
China Tech News — China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom all published their operating statistics for May 2015 and China Mobile, who has over 800 million mobile users, continues to lead the Chinese telecom market. Statistics showed that China Mobile gained 373,000 new users in May 2015 and its user group reached 816.335 million.
Digi Times — There were 1.292 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of May 2015, slipping 0.05% on month but growing 2.86% on year, and 455.84 million (35.27%) of them were 3G users, 200.77 million (15.54%) 4G ones and 896.94 million (69.40%) had mobile Internet access, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
MIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.
ZTE Corporation, a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, is pleased to support China Mobile in the deployment of 3-Carrier Aggregation 4G LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) service based on CAT 9 devices. With the new China Mobile 3-CA service in Guangzhou, users with CAT 9 devices powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor with X10 LTE may enjoy downlink data rates of over 300Mbps, more than triple the speeds of existing TD-LTE networks.
Several China-based mobile device brand vendors and manufacturers have participated at Computex 2015 to exhibit their latest products. Seeing demand for smartphones and tablets from emerging markets growing rapidly, they have offered competitive quotes at the show in order to win orders from visitors from emerging markets. The average quote for a 5-inch entry-level smartphone from China players is already approaching US$35.
China Mobile has introduced two Internet of Things (IoT) platforms targeting Chinese enterprises. At the CES Asia in Shanghai this week, the mobile giant unveiled its IoT Private Network and OneNet Open Platform. The private network is an business management platform providing Chinese enterprises with networking communication management capabilities, such as access to real-time information and high-quality communication services.
Nokia supported China Mobile Shanghai during Auto Shanghai 2015. The company delivered its TD-LTE Advanced HetNet solution to manage the wireless data traffic generated by 1 million visitors who come for the show. Nokia’s Flexi Zone TD-LTE small cells ramped up China Mobile’s network capacity enabling subscribers to experience hassle free mobile broadband during the 10-day event. In addition to ensuring excellent network availability, Flexi Zone TD-LTE small cells succeeded in easy management of wireless data.
China Mobile has launched two Internet of Things platforms targeting Chinese enterprise users. During CES Asia 2015, the telecommunications company unveiled its Internet of Things exclusive business management platform and its OneNet device cloud platform. The Internet of Things business management platform combines statistical analysis and an API interface for businesses to build hardware and software tools around China Mobile’s offering. China Mobile says its IoT exclusive business management platform has already been tested on networks comprising a real-time management scenario of nearly five million devices.
China Mobile Group’s subsidiary China Mobile Communications Corporation will team with the State Development & Investment Corporation to jointly invest CNY2.55 billion to create a joint venture. The new joint venture, which is about 59% owned by China Mobile, will mainly focus on investments in mobile Internet sector and related upstream and downstream industries.
China Unicom and handset vendor Xiaolijiao have jointly launched an ultra-low priced 4G smartphone, the Honglajiao, in China, which is likely to trigger a new round of price-cut competition for 4G models in the market, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. The Honglajiao, which is built on Marvell’s Armada mobile PXA1908 platform featuring a 5-inch HD display and supporting 4G/TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, 3G/WCDMA and 2G/GSM technologies, is available at only CNY399 (US$64).
The big data era has arrived and it is causing big changes to the playing field for enterprises, with China’s telecom operators having begun construction of big data systems and applications in a bid to fully explore the value of information assets and generate new profit points, People’s Posts and Telecommunications News (PPTN) reports. In general, telecom operators’ applications on big data can be separated into internal applications and external.
China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom published their performance for the first quarter of 2015 and all of them reported a net profit decline during the period. China Mobile said that the company’s operating revenue in the first quarter of 2015 was CNY160.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.9%; while its net profit was CNY23.83 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 5.6%. China Mobile’s net profit reportedly declined for seven consecutive quarters. China Unicom’s operating revenue during the reporting period was CNY60.25 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 5.6%; and its net profit was CNY3.16 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 4.2%. China Telecom’s operating revenue was CNY81.453 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 2.1%; and its net profit was CNY5.046 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 9%.
4G users in the world’s second largest economy continued to surge and charges for the telecom service are expected to fall in the future, official data showed on Tuesday. 4G clients in China added about 60 million in the first quarter, including 23.88 million in March, to 162 million, according to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Wen Ku, an MIIT official in charge of telecommunications, expects the country’s total 4G users to reach 250 million by the end of the year.