China market: 780 million smartphone-based active surfers in 2015, say report

ChinaDigi Times — There were 780 million smartphone-based active users of mobile Internet services in the China market in 2015, accounting for 56.9% of the population, according to a joint report by Internet Society of China (ISC) and National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC).

China Mobile posts 1Q16 revenues of CNY177.5 billion

ChinaDigi Times — China Mobile has released its unaudited financial report for first-quarter 2016, recording consolidated revenues of CNY177.5 billion (US$27.14 billion), up 8.70% on year, and pre-tax profit of CNY23.9 billion, up 0.42%. China Mobile had 836 million subscribers of mobile communication services as of the end of March 2016, including 377 million 4G users and 153 million 3G (TD-SCDMA) ones.

China Mobile’s Data Business Surpasses Voice For First Time

ChinaChina Tech News — Are more Chinese netizens using chat apps and VoIP than speaking on their mobile phones? The latest financial results from China Mobile appear to show traditional phone calls are not keeping pace with modernity. Chinese telecom operator China Mobile published its annual performance for 2015, stating that the company achieved operating revenue of CNY668.3 billion in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 2.6%; and its profit attributable to shareholders was CNY108.5 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 0.6%.

StarHub signs MoU with China Mobile for strategic collaboration

SingaporeZDNet — Singaporean telecommunications company StarHub has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Mobile International (CMI) in a bid to accelerate what they called a strategic collaboration under the framework of CMI’s Shanghai-based Hand-in-Hand Program. According to the companies, they will focus on five key areas: Intensifying device collaboration on research initiatives for mobile network evolution technologies;

China Mobile reports CNY668.3 billion in 2015 operating revenues

ChinaDigi Times — China Mobile has released its 2015 financial report, recording operating revenues of CNY668.3 billion (US$102.98 billion), up 2.6% on year. Of the revenues, telecommunications services accounted for CNY584.1 billion, down by 1.3%, it said. Its EBITDA came to CNY240.0 billion, down by 0.7%, while profit attributable to equity shareholders totaled CNY108.5 billion, down by 0.6%.

China Mobile branches said to switch off 3G BTSs

ChinaTelecom Asia— Several of China Mobile’s regional branches have reportedly started switching off 3G-only base stations due to the unpopularity of the homegrown TD-SCDMA standard and the operator’s focus on 3G. Branches in multiple provinces have started closing base stations that only support the TD-SCDMA standard, Caixin Online reported,citing sources including an unnamed person who provides operation and maintenance services for the operator.

China Mobile takes up over 80% of 4G users in China at end of 2015

ChinaDigi Times — There were 386 million 4G mobile communication subscribers in China as of the end of 2015 and China Mobile had 312 million, accounting for 80.83%, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In contrast, China Telecom had 91 million 4G subscribers and China Unicom had 184 million 3G and 4G subscribers at the end of 2015, according to China-based

ZTE completes IoT NFV tests with China Mobile

ChinaZTE has completed tests set up by the Big Data and IT Technology Department of China Mobile’s research arm, China Mobile Research Institute, for Internet of Things (IoT) docking and interoperability. The move is a key step in the deployment of cloud-based network function virtualization (NFV) technologies, ZTE said in a statement.

China Mobile LTE base tops 300m in December

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Mobile ended 2015 with over 312.2 million 4G customers, representing 37.7% of its total mobile customer base, operating statistics provided by the company show. The operator added 24.9 million 4G customers in the month of December alone, mostly through existing 3G users upgrading to 4G.

China Mobile procures Small Cell equipment

China.gifDigi Times — Mobile telecom carrier China Mobile has procured 96,400 units of Small Cell equipment from 10 suppliers through an open bid, according to the company. The 10 suppliers are Ericsson and first-tier China-based Datang Mobile Communications Equipment and ZTE as well as seven relatively small China-based makers including Fujian Sunnada Communication, China GrenTech, Comba Telecom Systems Holdings, Beijing Boomsense Technology and Raisecom Technology, China Mobile said.

China Mobile, Ericsson team on 5G, IoT

ChinaEricsson and China Mobile Research Institute signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on “5G” research and development as well as “Internet of Things” technology. The agreement will initially cover a five-year period with the collaboration set to include verification, trial and standardization of a new 5G air interface for commercial deployment from 2020.

300,000 New 4G Base Stations Will Cover China Next Year

ChinaChina Tech News — China Mobile plans to build over 300,000 new 4G base stations in 2016 and aims to increase the number of its 4G users to over 500 million by the end of 2016. During China Mobile’s terminal cooperation meeting 2015, the company’s vice president Li Hui revealed that China Mobile has completed the construction of over one million 4G base stations. The company has finished its third-phase construction and realized continuous 4G coverage in towns and villages.

Ericsson, China Mobile Team Up to Foster 5G Technology

ChinaZacks — Ericsson  recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with China Mobile Research Institute (“CMRI”), the research wing of state-owned telecommunication company of China Mobile Limited, to foster 5G research and development. According to this agreement, the companies will work together to develop innovative 5G mobile network technologies to help revolutionize global information and communication technology.

China Mobile launches internet business unit

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Mobile has set up a new subsidiary to integrate and operate the group’s mobile internet services, as the mobile giant strives to diversify its businesses and create new revenue streams. In a statement released on Monday, China Mobile said the new subsidiary, called China Mobile Internet Company Limited, will focus on providing key internet-related products and services for consumers and enterprises.

China Mobile expects to break 500m 4G users by end of 2016

ChinaTech in Asia — China Mobile, one of China’s three massive state-run telecom companies, is planning a 4G explosion in 2016. 4G is already well off the ground in China – in fact China Mobile already has more than 200 million 4G subscribers – but the company is planning a massive expansion in 2016 that will see it add 300,000 new 4G stations to significantly increase its 4G coverage in 2016.

China to give whole nation 4G coverage by 2018

ChinaTimes of India — BEIJING: China aims to cover all its urban and rural areas with 4G network by 2018, said an action plan published by the ministry of industry and information technology on Monday. The country also plans to install fibre optics in more than 80% of its villages, the three-year plan, Internet Plus, said.

Korea, China and Japan’s telco operators partner on 5G

APACMetering — South Korean telecoms operator KT announced that its chairman Hwang Chang-kyu met the CEOs of China’s state-owned telecommunication company China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s operator, to discuss ways in which the three operators could promote their cooperation in the 5G sector, reports The Korea Herald. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) meeting took place in Shizuoka, Japan, and was attended by CEOs and executives of the telecoms companies.

Why Is China Mobile Forming An Internet Company Now?

China.gifChina Tech News — China Mobile’s Internet subsidiary named China Mobile Internet Business gained its business license on October 30, 2015, and has begun formal operations. But why is China’s largest mobile carrier forming an offshoot company solely focused on Internet services now? China Mobile president Li Yue revealed at the end of 2012 that the behemoth would establish an Internet company to integrate China Mobile’s Internet businesses and create independent operations.

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).

Nokia chimes with China on 5G

China.gifMobile World Live — Nokia Networks revealed more about a MoU signed last week with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to co-operate on 5G development, the first for a foreign vendor. The two firms will work together on the research, standardisation and industrialisation of 5G features such as multi-connectivity and high-speed seamless mobility.

China Mobile inks $1B deal with Nokia

China.gifMobile World Live — China Mobile signed a one-year framework deal with Nokia Networks valued at more than $1 billion (€930 million). The agreement, signed yesterday by China Mobile EVP Li Huidi (pictured, right) and Nokia Networks chairman and EVP Hans-Juergen Bill, covers the supply of TD-LTE equipment, core network gear as well as software and services from Q1 of this year to early 2016.

China Mobile Reported CNY85.4 Billion (US$ 13.4 billion) Net Profit In First Three Quarters Of 2015

ChinaChina Tech News — China Mobile’s performance report for the first three quarters ended September 30, 2015, shows that its operating revenue reached CNY512.739 billion (US$ 80.7 billion ), a year-on-year increase of 6.5%; and its net profit attributable to shareholders was CNY85.4 billion (US$ 13.4 billion), a year-on-year increase of 3.4%.

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.

MediaTek to attract investment from China Mobile, says report

TaiwanDigi Times — China Mobile will make an equity investment in MediaTek to form a strategic alliance with the Taiwan-based IC design house, according to a recent Economic Daily News (EDN) report. China Mobile’s investment in MediaTek will be confirmed by the end of 2015, when Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) relaxes its ban on local chipmakers drawing equity investments from China-based companies, the report said, without citing its source.

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.

South Korean TD-LTE Wireless Connectivity Strengthens With China

KoreaChina’s ZTE Corporation has signed a TD-LTE wireless cooperation deal with both the China Mobile Research Institute and South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The tripartite memorandum of understanding will cover in-depth cooperation on technologies including TDD/FDD data roaming and VoLTE, addressing possible interconnection and interoperability issues as TD-LTE networks are constructed in South Korea.

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 Mobile to invest $6.3b in Hubei over five years

China.gifTelecom Asia — China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers, plans to invest 40 billion yuan ($6.28 billion) over the next five years to expand its cloud computing facilities, fixed and wireless infrastructure in Hubei province, central China. In a statement, China Mobile said the operator signed a strategic agreement last Friday with Hubei provincial government to support the latter’s smart city project, “Smart Hubei”, in the province during the years of 2016 to 2020.

China Mobile profit dips under tough competition

ChinaWant China Times — Chinese telecom giant China Mobile’s net profit dipped 0.8% to 57.3 billion yuan (US$9 billion) in the first six months of the year as it faced fierce competition, it said on Thursday. Revenue was up 4.9% to 340.7 billion yuan (US$53.3 billion), while its subscriber base rose to more than 810 million, up 3.4%, including 190 million 4G users, the company said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse, where it is listed.

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.