Korea, China and Japan’s telco operators partner on 5G

APACMetering — South Korean telecoms operator KT announced that its chairman Hwang Chang-kyu met the CEOs of China’s state-owned telecommunication company China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s operator, to discuss ways in which the three operators could promote their cooperation in the 5G sector, reports The Korea Herald. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) meeting took place in Shizuoka, Japan, and was attended by CEOs and executives of the telecoms companies.


Why Is China Mobile Forming An Internet Company Now?

China.gifChina Tech News — China Mobile’s Internet subsidiary named China Mobile Internet Business gained its business license on October 30, 2015, and has begun formal operations. But why is China’s largest mobile carrier forming an offshoot company solely focused on Internet services now? China Mobile president Li Yue revealed at the end of 2012 that the behemoth would establish an Internet company to integrate China Mobile’s Internet businesses and create independent operations.


China mobile phone users reach 1.3 billion in September, says MIIT

ChinaDigi Times — China had 1.3 billion mobile communication service subscribers as of the end of September 2015, growing 0.28% sequentially and 2.14% on year. Of the subscribers, 427.41 million (32.88%) and 302.39 million (23.26%) used 3G and 4G services respectively, and 948.07 million (72.94%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).


Nokia chimes with China on 5G

China.gifMobile World Live — Nokia Networks revealed more about a MoU signed last week with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to co-operate on 5G development, the first for a foreign vendor. The two firms will work together on the research, standardisation and industrialisation of 5G features such as multi-connectivity and high-speed seamless mobility.


China Mobile inks $1B deal with Nokia

China.gifMobile World Live — China Mobile signed a one-year framework deal with Nokia Networks valued at more than $1 billion (€930 million). The agreement, signed yesterday by China Mobile EVP Li Huidi (pictured, right) and Nokia Networks chairman and EVP Hans-Juergen Bill, covers the supply of TD-LTE equipment, core network gear as well as software and services from Q1 of this year to early 2016.


China Mobile Reported CNY85.4 Billion (US$ 13.4 billion) Net Profit In First Three Quarters Of 2015

ChinaChina Tech News — China Mobile’s performance report for the first three quarters ended September 30, 2015, shows that its operating revenue reached CNY512.739 billion (US$ 80.7 billion ), a year-on-year increase of 6.5%; and its net profit attributable to shareholders was CNY85.4 billion (US$ 13.4 billion), a year-on-year increase of 3.4%.


KT to Run World’s Largest Submarine Cable Network

KoreaSeoul — The purpose of the NCP Project is to form a submarine cable network with a data processing capacity of about 80 Tbps and a total length of approximately 14,000 km across the Pacific Ocean. The total capacity under KT’s control is scheduled to be increased to 118.4 Tbps, including 38.4 Tbps on the side of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable connecting Southeast Asia to Northeast Asia.


MediaTek to attract investment from China Mobile, says report

TaiwanDigi Times — China Mobile will make an equity investment in MediaTek to form a strategic alliance with the Taiwan-based IC design house, according to a recent Economic Daily News (EDN) report. China Mobile’s investment in MediaTek will be confirmed by the end of 2015, when Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) relaxes its ban on local chipmakers drawing equity investments from China-based companies, the report said, without citing its source.


China’s telecom operators turn to 4G+

ChinaWant China Times — China’s three state-owned telecom operators are turning to “4G+” mobile services, a fourth-generation (4G) wireless service that offers faster connections, to compete for subscribers, according to tech blog Guancha01. Despite its late start in introducing 4G services at the end of 2013, China has been building its wireless network faster than any other country in the world, thanks to the momentum spurred by its three state-owned telecoms, the blog said.


South Korean TD-LTE Wireless Connectivity Strengthens With China

KoreaChina’s ZTE Corporation has signed a TD-LTE wireless cooperation deal with both the China Mobile Research Institute and South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The tripartite memorandum of understanding will cover in-depth cooperation on technologies including TDD/FDD data roaming and VoLTE, addressing possible interconnection and interoperability issues as TD-LTE networks are constructed in South Korea.


China unveils guidelines for big data

ChinaChina is gearing up for big data, with the launch of a pilot zone in the southwestern province of Guizhou and the release of a set of guidelines setting frameworks of the country’s development on big data in the next five to 10 years. China launched last Friday its first ever big data zone in Guizhou, using it as a testbed for big data sharing, use, innovation and security, China Daily reports.


China Mobile to invest $6.3b in Hubei over five years

China.gifTelecom Asia — China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers, plans to invest 40 billion yuan ($6.28 billion) over the next five years to expand its cloud computing facilities, fixed and wireless infrastructure in Hubei province, central China. In a statement, China Mobile said the operator signed a strategic agreement last Friday with Hubei provincial government to support the latter’s smart city project, “Smart Hubei”, in the province during the years of 2016 to 2020.


China Mobile profit dips under tough competition

ChinaWant China Times — Chinese telecom giant China Mobile’s net profit dipped 0.8% to 57.3 billion yuan (US$9 billion) in the first six months of the year as it faced fierce competition, it said on Thursday. Revenue was up 4.9% to 340.7 billion yuan (US$53.3 billion), while its subscriber base rose to more than 810 million, up 3.4%, including 190 million 4G users, the company said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse, where it is listed.


China Mobile, China Telecom post mixed 1H15 revenues

ChinaDigi Times — China Mobile on August 20 released its financial report for the first half of 2015, with consolidated revenues reaching CNY340.727 billion (US$54.77 billion) up 4.94%, while China Telecom posted revenues of CNY164.953 billion, decreasing 0.6%, according to the companies. China Mobile’s first-half 2015 consolidated revenues consisted of CNY299.527 billion from telecom services, 33.7% of which came from wireless Internet-access services, and CNY41.2 billion from sales of mobile terminal devices and others.


China market: China Mobile to launch own-brand smart wireless routers

ChinaDigi Times — China Mobile will launch own-brand smart wireless routers in the China market, with the device positioned as the center of home-use IoT applications for security surveillance, environmental monitoring, automatic control of appliances and healthcare services in the future, according to industry sources. China Mobile will soon hold an open-bid to select the ODM to produce 10,000 units, the sources said.


Mobile service operators shifting to data-based plans

ChinaWant China Times — Newer packages announced by the world’s three top mobile service operators — AT&T, Verizon and China Mobile — reflect a shift to generating revenue from data instead of voice and text messages, according to the China Business News. In its “Mobile Share” plans, AT&T, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenue in 2014, charges are based on the amount of data, while subscribers can enjoy free voice calls and text messages, the newspaper said.


Telx to Tap Into FASTER US-Asia Submarine Cable System

APACDatacenter 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.


60Tbps internet cable from Asia to America will plug into Telx barn

APACThe 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.


Telecom firms positioning themselves early for 5G in China

China.gifWant 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.


None of China’s virtual telecom operators are making money

ChinaTech 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.