China’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 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.
Telecom 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.
Want 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.
Digi 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.
Digi 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.
Want 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.
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.