China Telecom taps Alca-Lu for 4G expansion

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Telecom has awarded Alcatel-Lucent a pair of contracts covering expansion of the operator’s 4G network. Alcatel-Lucent said it has secured a contract to help deploy China Telecom’s LTE network across 12 provinces in China. In major cities this will include the deployment of LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation capability, marking the first commercial introduction of FDD LTE carrier aggregation in China. The deployment is expected to be complete this month.

China Telecom launches cloud service to Indian market

IndiaBusiness Cloud News — The Indian subsidiary of China Telecom (China Telecom India) has launched a business cloud service to Chinese businesses operating on the India market. The service, it says, will straddle the public private computing divide and cater to demand for hybrid cloud systems. The new hybrid cloud service offers professional system management, security and disaster recovery, along with 24-hour, 7 days a week customer service in Chinese.

China Telecom, SAP launch front-office platform for Chinese SMBs

ChinaTelecom Asia — Targeting retailers and wholesale distributors as well as business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies, SAP Anywhere is a front-office solution specifically tailored to the e-commerce needs of SMBs with 10 to 500 employees. It enables SMBs to monetize digital sales channels by using a full set of customer experience and commerce features, including inventory control and insight, online marketplace management and business and customer engagement.

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).

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.

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.

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 Telecom Co. Limited Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

ChinaDakota Financial News — Shares of China Telecom Co. Limited (NYSE:CHA) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the seven brokerages that are currently covering the stock, ARN reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $71.00.

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 Unicom, China Telecom setting up FDD LTE networks, say reports

ChinaDigi Times — China Unicom and China Telecom have been actively establishing FDD LTE networks in China since they obtained FDD LTE licenses in late February 2015, and aim to complete installing 500,000 and 460,000 base stations, respectively, by the end of 2015, according to China-based media reports.

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.

Telx Supports FASTER Cable System on West Coast of U.S. to Japan

JapanPR Newswire — NEW YORK: Telx®, a leading provider of global interconnectivity, data center solutions and cloud enablement services, today announced support for the FASTER transpacific cable system –  a submarine network that will seamlessly connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.

China Telecom and Gemalto to offer instant connectivity in cars

ChinaMIS Asia — China Telecom Corporation (China Telecom) has partnered Gemalto to develop a proof-of-concept for subscription management in connected cars. According to market research firm Gfk, there is an increasing demand for connected cars with advanced telematics, navigation, and safety features in China. Nearly three quarters of the Chinese consumers also claimed that they would be willing to pay more for an “Ultra Safe” car than just a self-driving car.

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.

As Colocation Market Consolidates, Who Are the Market Leaders?

APACData Center journal — New Q1 data from Synergy Research Group shows the leaders in the worldwide colocation market, with Equinix generating the most colocation revenue and achieving a 9.5% market share. It is followed by Digital Realty, NTT, Verizon, CenturyLink, KDDI, Global Switch and China Telecom.

More global operators working on TDD LTE network development

China.gifWant 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.

China Telecom teams with Gemalto on IoT tech

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Telecom has teamed up with Gemalto to develop a proof-of-concept for a method of securely connecting cars and the wider IoT. The companies have presented a demo at Mobile World Congress Shanghai for using remote over-the-air provisioning to enable secure connectivity on mobile devices using Gemalto’s LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity subscription management technology.

China market: 4G handset shipments soar in 1H15

ChinaDigi 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.