China July mobile communication user base grows to 1.304 billion, says MIIT

ChinaDigi Times — There were 1.304 billion mobile communication service subscribers in China as of the end of July 2016, increasing 0.30% on month and 0.73% on year, and 211.28 million (16.20%), of which were 3G users, 646.31 million (49.55%) were 4G users and 1.049 billion (80.40%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to statistics published by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

Spirent, Huawei conclude switch test for datacenter

ChinaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: UK-based test and measurement company Spirent Communications and Chinese gear maker Huawei conducted a forwarding performance test of the CE-L72CM-FG 7.2Tbps line card for datacenter core switches, the two companies said in a statement Monday. The trial used Spirent TestCenter with high-density interface testing modules that are capable of verifying next generation datacenter architectures and routers.

Despite restrictive new rules, China’s mobile gaming revenue will hit $8.3 billion in 2017

ChinaTech in Asia — China’s government has made it much harder for game developers to make mobile games, but China’s mobile gamers haven’t become any less interested in playing them. That’s the conclusion reached by research firm Niko Partners in its latest report on China’s mobile gaming industry. According to the report:

App Annie predicts worldwide app downloads to hit over 280 billion by 2020

APACTech in Asia  — Imagine the day when you can order a pizza from Domino’s via a tweet or the Apple Watch, or the day you can just walk into Starbucks and add the song playing in the store to your Spotify. That day may be coming sooner than later as brands worldwide aggressively adopt mobile apps to engage their customers, said Al Campa, chief marketing officer of App Annie, during a presentation at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2016.

China’s answer to GoPro raises $90m funding

ChinaTech in Asia — China’s answer to GoPro, a startup called Yi Technology, has raised US$90 million in funding. Gadget maker Xiaomi is among the investors, just as it did for the startup’s series A round, reports the Financial Times. Yi, which is largely unknown outside China, recently received praise for its newest action camera, the Yi 4K, which offers features and specifications comparable to a GoPro costing double its price tag. The Yi 4K is US$249.

Is The Market Cooling For Chinese Smartphone Sales?

ChinaSelling smartphones and tablets in China has become cutthroat as dwindling margins and consumers’ appetites for cheaper phones have eaten into the profits and future plans of one of China’s biggest smartphone makers.

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Heavy investment by Chinese govt creates opportunities for data center market

ChinaDatacenter News — The Chinese data center market is on the rise, with new forecasts from analyst firm Technavio predicting 13% growth from 2016-2020. China’s support of global enterprises is reflected in the amount of data centers popping up around the country, Technavio says.

SAP China teams up with Alibaba Cloud

ChinaTelecom Asia — SAP China and Alibaba Cloud have teamed up to launch three cloud-based SAP services to Chinese customers by the end of the year. The companies have revealed plans to launch in-memory computing platform SAP HANA Cloud Platform and two other services in 2016.

Xiaomi’s Online Payment Service Opens In China

ChinaChina Tech News — China’s Xiaomi cooperated with China UnionPay in launching its payment service MI Pay. With this move, Xiaomi becomes yet another smartphone maker that chas ooperated with China UnionPay in launching mobile payment services, following Apple and Samsung. Prior to this, China’s Huawei also launched its payment service, but Huawei’s partner is Bank of China.

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Alibaba cloud computing arm to help foreign tech firms enter China

ChinaBusiness Insider — HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is offering to help international technology firms such as SAP SE to enter China, a market where foreign tech companies face increased government scrutiny.

Alibaba founding member is backing this $37m Singapore fund to invest in startups

SingaporeTech in Asia — Venturecraft, a startup accelerator partnering with government agency SPRING Singapore’s Sector-Specific Accelerator program, has launched a new US$37 million fund to bet on growth stage medtech and internet startups in Asia. The first investment out of the second fund is in Mirxes, a Singapore startup spun out of government research agency A*STAR that’s developing a test to diagnose a range of diseases using just a drop of blood.

IT industry now in 3rd wave, says Huawei exec

ChinaNetworks Asia — After going through two waves — network-centered transformation and then horizontal application-centered transformation — the IT industry is now in the third wave, according to a top Huawei executive during the Carrier Cloud Transformation Summit held as part of Huawei Connect 2016.

Tencent Races to the Top Spot as Biggest Company in Asia

ChinaYibada — Reports were released Monday revealing that Tencent is now the largest Asian company and had overtaken Alibaba. Tencent’s current market value is at HK$1.99 trillion or $255.8 billion.Li Chengdong, a Beijing-based independent e-commerce strategy ­analyst, said, “Tencent’s market value is based on its current and previous good financial situation, which is driven by the company’s core businesses including advertisements, games, e-commerce and financial services.”


China investigates Didi-Uber merger

ChinaChina’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said today it’s launching a probe into the planned merger of Didi Chuxing with Uber’s China unit. A ministry spokesperson tells Reuters that it’s due to anti-monopoly concerns about the US$35 billion tech company that will result from the merger and which will totally dominate car-hailing and taxi-booking in the China market.

Alibaba’s biggest rival unveils cute drone delivery bots

ChinaTech in Asia — When you hear ecommerce executives talking about drone delivery, they’re usually referring to flying drones. But after several years of test projects, we’re still not much closer to getting our goods delivered via the air. Chinese ecommerce giant JD announced on Thursday that it’s taking a different approach. The company has just begun testing a new unmanned delivery drone that (as you can see) looks more like a small van than a quadcopter.

,China Telecom Net Profit Up 6.3% In H1 2016

ChinaChina Tech News — During the first half of 2016, China Telecom’s operating revenue reached CNY176.82 billion, a year-on-year increase of 7.2%; while its net profit reached CNY11.673 billion, a year-on-year increase of 6.3%. At the same time, China Telecom reported service revenue of CNY155.222 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.6%.

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Huawei launches South Pacific OpenLab

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Huawei has opened its Southern Pacific OpenLab in Singapore to foster joint, customer and business-driven ICT innovation with industry and partners At the opening ceremony, Huawei unveiled its Safe City Solutions, a suite of public safety solutions that strengthens incident prevention capabilities and shortens emergency response time.

Foreign firms take part in drafting cybersecurity rules in China

ChinaBD Live — CHINA is taking a more inclusive tack in instituting cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over the controls. The committee under the government’s powerful cyberspace administration is in charge of defining cybersecurity standards.

Alibaba Cloud partners with Infocomm Investments to bridge SE Asia’s and China’s ecosystem

Singaporee27 —  cloud computing arm of Chinese internet giant Alibaba, Alibaba Cloud has announced it has signed a a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with government-backed VC Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) to ramp up innovation in Singapore’s tech ecosystem.

China Telecom reports strong growth in profit, 4G subs

VietnamMobile World Live — China Telecom, the country’s third largest mobile player, reported strong increases in profit and revenue for the first half of the year, as its 4G penetration hit 44 per cent. Its net profit for the period expanded 6.3 per cent to CNY11.7 billion ($1.76 billion), while EBITDA was down very slightly (0.4 per cent) to CNY50.6 billion.

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China Unicom announces launch of new Hong Kong data center

Hong KongDatacenter News — China Unicom opened its newest and largest Hong Kong data center last week, which is also the company’s most advanced cloud center beyond mainland China. More than 200 guests attended the opening, including government representatives, China Unicom executives, telecommunications leaders and business leaders.

China Telecom targets information services as next mainstay

ChinaNikkei — HONG KONG — As cash-rich telecom operator China Mobile makes inroads into its turf in the fixed-line broadband space, China Telecom, the country’s third-largest mobile carrier, is grasping for new growth models powered by computing technologies and the internet of things.

Chinese Companies Fight for Data Storage Business

ChinaVOA News — Chinese companies have begun competing with Western companies in the cloud computing and data storage market. The “cloud war” is taking place as the dispute between the United States and China about data hacking and computer network security grows stronger. Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Baidu and Huawei are expanding within their country and gaining customers in other countries.

Baidu adopts Qlik Sense for self-service analytics

ChinaTelecom Asia — Baidu is using Qlik Sense to improve its cloud services platform and provide an enhanced data analytics experience to its customers. Qlik Sense will be integrated into Baidu Palo to enable self-service visualization analytics on the Palo OLAP engine, giving Chinese enterprises the ability to achieve greater agility in aggregating data from various sources to make data driven business intelligence decisions.

Tencent’s Splurge on Entertainment Pays Off in Record Profit

ChinaBloomberg — Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s shopping spree on premium content from Game of Thrones to NBA broadcasts has again helped defy investors’ expectations and a slowing Chinese economy. Second-quarter sales and profit beat analysts’ estimates as the operator of the WeChat and QQ social network services splashed out on mobile games and content — including anything from anime and comics to novels.

Is Alibaba Stock A Buy After The Earnings Beat?

ChinaAmigo Bulls — Chinese tech and e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) reported outstanding FY 2017 Q1 earnings resultswith higher-than-expected revenues and EPS figures. Alibaba achieved these earnings after its stock price rallied by 40% amid the Didi and Yahoo deals and the consistent diversification process the company is undertaking. The results reaffirmed the massive growth thesis of the bullish view of the market.

Chinese Firms Take Aim at International Cloud Computing

A cloud war could be in the offing, with Chinese companies trying to take on giants like Google, Amazon and Apple in the crucial data management market. The moves come in the midst of an intensifying dispute between the U.S. and China over issues like data hacking and network security. The entry of Chinese vendors like Alibaba, Baidu, and Huawei will give a new twist to the dispute over cybersecurity as they compete with international players for control over data.

China Wants More Media Giants

ChinaVariety — China’s media regulator Monday called for the country to accelerate the growth of competitive media conglomerates. The State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television said that the integration of different media “falls short of central authorities’ requirement and public expectation,” and set a target of 2020 for improvement, reported state news agency Xinhua.

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Alibaba Cloud rolls out second Singapore data center availability zone

SingaporeDatacenter News — Alibaba Cloud announced last month that its data center operations will be expanding, with a second availability zone in Singapore. The company’s Singapore data center opened in 2015 to serve the Asia Pacific region’s growing need for cloud and big data requirements.

Telstra Ventures invests in Chinese API provider Cloopen

ChinaZDNet — Telstra’s venture capital arm Telstra Ventures has announced investing an undisclosed amount in Cloopen, a Chinese communications application programming interface (API) provider. The Beijing-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company enables developers to integrate messaging, video calling, and voice calling into their applications, along with security functions, with 150,000 developers including Tencent and Alibaba already using the platform for app development.