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.
China 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.
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.
Telecom 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.
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.
Based 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.
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.
PORTLAND, Ore., May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors – Samson David of Infosys, Edward Goldman of Intel, and Wanjing Li, of China Unicom Group. The Alliance also introduced nine new member companies, bringing its general membership to an all-time high as the organization approaches its fifth anniversary.
Akamai Technologies has inked a partnership deal with China Unicom’s cloud business, CU Cloud, to offers its full range of web performance, media delivery, and cloud security services. One of China’s largest cloud computing service providers, CU Cloud will bundle its services with Akamai’s offerings and both partners will further develop opportunities aimed at helping Chinese businesses expand their web presence globally.
China Unicom and handset vendor Xiaolijiao have jointly launched an ultra-low priced 4G smartphone, the Honglajiao, in China, which is likely to trigger a new round of price-cut competition for 4G models in the market, according to sources in Taiwan’s handset supply chain. The Honglajiao, which is built on Marvell’s Armada mobile PXA1908 platform featuring a 5-inch HD display and supporting 4G/TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, 3G/WCDMA and 2G/GSM technologies, is available at only CNY399 (US$64).
China Unicom, one of China’s three leading telecom service providers, has followed in the footsteps of its rival China Telecom to intensify its efforts in setting up cloud technology-based data centers, according to Caixin.com. According to the online wire service, China Unicom announced in a conference held May 19 that it is planning to set up a total of 10 cloud-based data centers in 10 cities–Xi’an, Langfang, Harbin, Hohhot, Zhengzhou, Wuxi, Dongguan, Guian, Chongqing and Hong Kong.
The big data era has arrived and it is causing big changes to the playing field for enterprises, with China’s telecom operators having begun construction of big data systems and applications in a bid to fully explore the value of information assets and generate new profit points, People’s Posts and Telecommunications News (PPTN) reports. In general, telecom operators’ applications on big data can be separated into internal applications and external.
China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom published their performance for the first quarter of 2015 and all of them reported a net profit decline during the period. China Mobile said that the company’s operating revenue in the first quarter of 2015 was CNY160.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.9%; while its net profit was CNY23.83 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 5.6%. China Mobile’s net profit reportedly declined for seven consecutive quarters. China Unicom’s operating revenue during the reporting period was CNY60.25 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 5.6%; and its net profit was CNY3.16 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 4.2%. China Telecom’s operating revenue was CNY81.453 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 2.1%; and its net profit was CNY5.046 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 9%.
4G users in the world’s second largest economy continued to surge and charges for the telecom service are expected to fall in the future, official data showed on Tuesday. 4G clients in China added about 60 million in the first quarter, including 23.88 million in March, to 162 million, according to statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Wen Ku, an MIIT official in charge of telecommunications, expects the country’s total 4G users to reach 250 million by the end of the year.
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.