CHINA – China Telecom Corp Ltd and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd could soon jointly invest in a new content delivery network (CDN) company that would speed up Chinese users’ Internet access, a Chinese paper reported on Friday. The proposed firm would be run by China Telecom’s cloud computing subsidiary, according to a 21st Century Business Herald report citing an unnamed senior China Telecom employee. Rumours of a CDN joint venture between the country’s second- and third-largest carriers have existed for more than year.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Akamai Technologies, Inc. today announced a strategic partnership agreement with China Telecom Corporation Limited’s cloud division, CT Cloud. CT Cloud is one of the largest cloud computing service providers in China, offering quality cloud services to customers. As part of the strategic partnership, CT Cloud has agreed to offer an integrated solution incorporating Akamai’s full suite of industry-leading media delivery, Web performance, and cloud security offerings with its own Cloud services to Chinese businesses looking to grow their global Web presence.
Chinese telecom operator China Telecom published its semi-annual performance for 2014, stating that the company’s operating revenue reached CNY166 billion during the first half of 2014, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.3%. Though its 3G users saw a net increase of 4.13 million, accounting for about 60% of its total users, the company’s mobile users decreased by 5.34 million to 180 million.
China Telecom said all iPhone 6 units the company will sell will be unlocked and may be used on all wireless networks in China. China Telecom is the third largest telecommunications company in China, following China Mobile and China Unicom. At the moment, iPhone units being sold by China Telecom only accept SIM cards issued by the company. China Telecom’s early 4S to most recent 5S models only run under their 3G CDMA2000 network and 2G CDMA network.
BEIJING: Apple Inc has begun storing personal data for some Chinese users on servers provided by China Telecom, marking the first time that the company has stored user data on mainland Chinese soil. Apple attributed the move to an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its service. It also represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc, which has long refused to build data centres in China due to censorship and privacy concerns.
Google announced that carriers from various countries, including China Mobile, China Telecom, and France’s Global Transit, will jointly invest in a trans-Pacific high-speed Internet cable system named “Faster”. The total investment of this Faster project is estimated to be about USD300 million and participating companies include China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, Google, Japan’s KDDI, and Singapore’s SingTel. This project is expected to be completed and put into operation before the second quarter of 2016.
Google has joined Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean telcos in a project to build a new subsea cable between Japan and the United States West Coast. The A$325 million FASTER project involves a six fibre-pair cable which will enter service in the second quarter of 2016. Initial design capacity for FASTER is 100 wavelengths at 100 gigabits per second each – with six fibre-pairs, the cable will have a total capacity of 60 terabits per second. That capacity makes FASTER the largest design-capacity cable across the Pacific.
Starting September, China Telecom will start selling Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console in China. China Telecom’s plan of distributing the Xbox One is to seek growth from their value-added services. On the other hand, Microsoft’s branch in China wants a significant move to break into the world’s largest consumer-electronics market. China recently permitted Microsoft to sell its products in China after banning the sale of the Xbox and other video game consoles for a decade.
China Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding with the world’s leading virtual and cloud infrastructure provider VMware to launch China Telecom’s eSurfing mixed cloud services in China. China Telecom’s eSurfing mixed cloud services will reportedly target large enterprises whose existing data centers face infrastructure and power expansion problems. China Telecom will provide a mixed resource model which combines the owned data centers of those companies and public cloud hosting to enable the seamless and flexible extension of enterprise resources.
GREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the VMware today that, it is going to establish a partnership with China Telecom, the IT/ Telecom giant of the most dynamic economy of the world to expand its business footprints in the hybrid cloud computing service sector. It was further informed through an official statement of the company that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the two giant companies in the domain of cloud computing, and information technology.
As part of its agreement with SoftBank VMware will build, manage, operate and support the vCloud Hybrid Service, and provide the primary sales route to market through VMware’s ecosystem of partners. SoftBank will provide datacentres and network capacity for the service, as well as a dedicated salesforce. VMware said its hybrid cloud service, which enables users to extend their VMware-based on premise kit to the cloud, is already available to clients in Japan as a private beta and will become generally available in Q4 of this year.
Three Chinese telecom operators announced they are pooling their resources to organize a joint infrastructure company that will focus on building and running the telecom towers. The new joint venture, China Communications Facilities Services, also intends to rehabilitate state-controlled telecom companies by promoting competition. State-owned China Mobile has the biggest market share, or 40 percent in the newly established company. China Unicom has 30.1 percent and China Telecom 29.9 percent.
China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile telco by user-base with 787 million subscribers and the fifth-biggest company in China. Near the end of last year, it was the first telco in the country to receive a 4G license from China’s Ministry of Internet and Information Technology (MIIT), and the number of LTE subscribers on its network has grown strongly ever since.
Executives from China Telecom and China Mobile confirmed that the three largest Chinese telecom operators will establish a joint venture without sharing base stations. Rumors previously spread on the Internet that China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom would jointly invest to establish a national base station company. After the founding of the company, it would be responsible for the new construction of base stations, towers, and pipelines of the three telecom operators. In the future, it would include the operators’ existing base stations, towers, and pipelines.
China Telecom saw a drop in the number of mobile subscribers in the first quarter as competition intensified after Beijing gave approval for the three major telecommunications operators to launch 4G services in December. China Telecom, the mainland’s largest fixed-line network operator and third-largest mobile services operator by subscribers, said first-quarter net profit rose 17.9 per cent from a year earlier to 5.5 billion yuan (HK$6.8 billion) while revenue grew 6.9 per cent to 83.2 billion yuan.
Hong Kong-based Pacnet, which operates a large datacentre network in Asia Pacific, the US and Europe announced a strategic partnership with China Telecom Thursday that will see both companies jointly expand and develop datacentres for cloud solutions in the city of Chongqing, a rapidly growing municipality in the southwest of China. Under the partnership, China Telecom will initially establish a point of presence in one of Pacnet’s tier III datacentre in Chongqing. But the partnership will see both parties collaborate on cloud, datacentre and networking infrastructure over the long-term.
CHONGQING, CHINA: Pacnet’s equity joint venture in China, Pacnet Business Solutions (China) (PBS) and China Telecom Corp. Chongqing (China Telecom) announced a strategic partnership to advance data center and cloud development in the city of Chongqing. Under the partnership, China Telecom will establish new Points of Presence (PoPs) in Pacnet’s Chongqing data center, CQCS1, enhancing its capability and helping propel Chongqing as well as the Liangjiang New Area to the forefront of the cloud computing industry in China.
China’s shoppers got the newest iPhone and iPad models on their global launch day – for the first time ever – on November 1. But the 3G and 4G iPads were left out of the fun. But today (no, not an April Fool’s) the cellular-enabled versions of the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display have arrived in mainland China.