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).

China Unicom, Telefonica announce cloud collaboration

China.gifTelecom Asia — China Unicom and Telefónica have agreed to share their international data center capacity for multinational clients across Europe, The Americas and Asia, as a first step toward broader and larger scale cloud cooperation. The telcos said the initial agreement covers three major data centers from each operator with the inclusion of additional facilities over time.

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.

SK Telecom, China Unicom team for 5G, roaming

KoreaEnterprise Innovation — SK Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Unicom to cooperate in strengthening their competitiveness in the telecommunications industry and promoting new growth businesses. Under the MOU, SK Telecom and China Unicom will work closely in diverse areas such as 5G technology, international roaming, platform, and startup support to enhance customer benefits and lead the development of the overall ICT industry.

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 Unicom seals deal to expand Cameroon’s telecom capacity

ChinaChina Daily — YAOUNDE – Chinese mobile communication company China Unicom has signed an agreement with its Cameroonian counterpart to cooperate on improve link between the Central African country with the rest of world. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of China Unicom Yimin Lu signed the agreement with the General Manager of Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) David Nkoto Emane for deploying a submarine optical fibre cable to link Cameroon in Central Africa with Brazil in South America.

China Wiring Up Myanmar Internet Access

ChinaEstablishment Post — Earlier in September, Jiang Zhengxin – vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp. –revealed that the company has been contracted to construct China’s first international undersea cable linking China and Myanmar improving Myanmar internet access.

SKT teams up with China Unicom for new growth engines

KoreaSK Telecom, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, said Sunday that it will cooperate with China Unicom for new growth businesses such as fifth-generation (5G) network and mobile platform. The company said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s second-largest telecom firm during a board meeting of the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) in South Africa, Thursday.

China Unicom and Telefónica in global data centre sharing agreement

ChinaBusiness Cloud News — Telefónica and China Unicom have agreed to share their international data centre capacity for multinational clients across Europe, The Americas and Asia. The initial agreement covers three major data centres from each operator but, the companies say, this could be the first step towards larger scale cloud cooperation.

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.

Logging On: New Internet Cable Boosts Myanmar’s Connectivity with Neighbors

MyanmarASEAN Briefing — Earlier this week Jiang Zhengxin – vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp. –revealed that the company has been contracted to construct China’s first international undersea cable linking China and Myanmar. Speaking from the sidelines of the China-ASEAN Information Harbor Forum held on September 13th, this announcement comes as part of a larger push by China to enhance its connectivity with ASEAN.

China Unicom laying country’s first international undersea cable

ChinaWant China Times — China Unicom, one of China’s main telecommunications service providers, is building the country’s first international undersea cable, the company said on Sunday. China Unicom is cooperating with Myanmar’s telecommunications operators to build the underwater cable, said Jiang Zhengxin, vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp, the parent of the state-run telecom company.

China building its first international undersea cable with ASEAN

ChinaIndia Times — BEIJING: China is building its first international undersea cable that will carry information and data flow between the country and the ASEAN nations.  State-owned China Unicom, one of the main telecommunications providers in the country, is cooperating with Myanmar’s telecommunications operators to build the underwater cable, said Jiang Zhengxin, vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp, parent of China Unicom.

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.

China Unicom’s slow 4G development leads to lagging sales

ChinaChina Unicom recorded a fifth consecutive decline in mobile service subscribers in June, attributed by analysts to the company’s lagging fourth-generation network infrastructure, according to the China Business News. China Unicom saw its total number of subscribers fall 999,000 in June to 289 million, continuing a decline that has seen it lose a net 10 million subscribers since January, the newspaper said.

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.

Unicom, Huawei to deploy 4.5G at Shanghai Disney

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Unicom Shanghai, Huawei and Shanghai Shendi – an agent of Disney China – have signed a collaboration agreement to deploy 4.5G networks at the Shanghai Disney Resort. The cooperation agreement covers network deployment as well as the introduction of new services based on 4.5G, the companies announced.

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.

Huawei, China Unicom serve up cellular IoT with “smart parking”

ChinaBased on Huawei’s “4.5G” LTE service for machine to machine communications (LTE-M), the carrier has rolled out a trial mode of what it refers to as “Smart Parking”, and claims it to be the first commercial application of commercial LTE-based cellular IoT. Smart Parking is intended to help ease traffic and parking congestion in dense urban areas with intelligent sensors across the city. Drivers can search for available parking bay using a mobile app, and has been trialled in Shanghai.

Alcatel-Lucent Signs CNY8.1 Billion Framework Agreements With China Mobile, China Unicom

ChinaChina 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.