Everybody in China has a mobile phone these days: that’s an exaggeration, but not as much of one as you might think. According to the latest numbers from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), China has reached 1.29 billion total mobile users. Given that the Middle Kingdom has an estimated population of under 1.4 billion, that means that well over 90 percent of the population has joined the mobile revolution.
CHINA Unicom plans to spend 100 billion yuan (US$16 billion) to upgrade its network and on promotions to woo more 4G users this year, the country’s No. 2 mobile carrier said yesterday. The telco’s capital spending in 2015 is an increase from 84.8 billion yuan in 2014 and comes on the heels of a 15.8 percent annual jump in net profit to 12.1 billion yuan last year. Its revenue, however, slipped 3.5 percent to 284.7 billion yuan, missing analysts’ expectations for 286.7 billion yuan.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on February 27 announced the release of FDD-LTE licenses to China Telecom and China Unicom. MIIT released TD-LTE licenses to China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom in December 2013 and approved experimental TD-LTE/FDD-LTE convergence network test by China Telecom and China Unicom in main cities around China in June 2014.
CHINA plans to issue a second batch of 4G licenses nationwide this week to boost 4G development and heat up competition among the three telecommunications carriers, industry officials said yesterday. The FDD-LTE licenses will be issued to China Unicom and China Telecom on Thursday, Zou Xueyong, secretary-general of the China Virtual Network Operator Alliance, said on his Sina Weibo account. The telecom carriers declined to comment on the issue yesterday.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd.’s Guangdong Branch (Guangdong Unicom) recently announced the deployment of the world’s first Atom Router for commercial use. “The industry’s first deployment of an Atom Router for commercial use proves the maturity and commercial readiness of Huawei’s innovative IP technologies and E2E solutions, and will enable Guangdong Unicom to build leading and optimized networks for users.” said Gai Gang, Huawei’s president of its Carrier IP product line.
With China’s Internet growth slowing, the country is opening up the broadband provider market to private enterprises as part of government sponsored trial. The country on Wednesday released a draft of the upcoming trial rules, which will let private enterprises sell broadband services in 16 cities across the country. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology didn’t mention when the project would begin, but is proposing it last for three years.
Chinese telecom operator China Unicom announced its financial report for the first three quarters of 2014, stating that by September 30 its operating revenue reached CNY215.34 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.3%; while its net profit reached CNY10.56 billion, a year-on-year increase of 36.1%. For the mobile sector, China Unicom’s revenue during the reporting period was CNY119.1 billion, the number of its mobile users reached 297.07 million, and its average revenue per user was CNY45.5.
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.
HONG KONG — State-owned phone company China Unicom said Thursday its first-half profit jumped on higher mobile data revenue and lower fees to connect to a rival’s network. Unicom posted profit of 6.7 billion yuan (US$843 million) in the January-June period, 26 percent higher than the same period the year before. Revenue from third- and fourth-generation phone services grew 33 percent to 54.4 billion yuan. That helped push overall revenue up 3.6 percent to 149.6 billion yuan.
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.
China Unicom held a foundation stone laying ceremony for its Hong Kong data center, in which the company will invest CNY3 billion. The company will invest CNY3 billion to build a communications hub building in Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O. This new building will be used as data center to enhance China Unicom’s network services and it is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016. Lu Yimin, general manager of China Unicom, said that this new center will have an international network platform, cloud computing service platform, and Internet data center, which will help improve the company’s communications products development abilities outside of mainland China.
“Due to China Unicom’s extensive network resources at home and abroad, strong cross-border network connectivity and IDC support from mainland China, coupled with the robust ICT infrastructure of Hong Kong and a talented team with valuable operational management experience and a global vision, the global centre will boost China Unicom’s competitiveness on the global stage,” said Mr. Lu Yimin, executive director and president of China Unicom.
China Unicom has set aside HK$3 billion (US$387.03 million) to build its first and largest facility overseas, in Hong Kong, as it looks to expand into global markets. The new site will support six key functions, serving as the operator’s global network operations center with sub-cable landing station, global network solutions and support center, cloud computing service platform, internet data center, Hong Kong service platform, and product innovation and development center.
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.
Just a day after China Mobile reported some of its worst results in years, new developments in the telecoms space are showing why the nation’s leading telco will face a rough time for the rest of this year and quite possibly well beyond that. According to the latest media reports, China’s telecoms regulator could issue 4G licenses for the main technology being used by China Mobile’s two rivals as soon as next month, injecting a major shot of competition into the market. The second telecoms news bit comes in broadband, with reports that the nation’s newly formed national cable TV company has formally registered and will start business soon.
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.
China Unicom (NYSE:CHU; HKG:0762) punched above its weight in the 3G era, closely challenging the behemoth China Mobile in terms of 3G subscribers, But China Unicom has had a slower start to its 4G operations. Today Unicom rolled out 4G in 25 Chinese cities, a full three months after its rival. China Unicom unveiled its postpaid and prepaid 4G data plans today. Pay-as-you-go subscribers can get a 4G package for as low as RMB 78 (US$12.70) per month, which allows for 400MB of data. The price and (fairly measly) data allowance are in line with its 3G packages.