Tech in Asia — Two-and-a-half years after China’s 4G mobile networks first switched on, the nation now has 562 million 4G subscribers across its three main telcos. That’s out of a total of 1.3 billion mobile SIM subscribers, according to the latest data from the three carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. The number is so high as some individuals have more than one number.
ZDNet — and China Mobile have announced signing a one-year €1.36 billion (9.927 billion yuan) “frame agreement” for Nokia to provide China’s largest telecommunications carrier with cloud services; mobile, fixed, IP routing, optical transport, and customer experience management technology; as well as operational support and global services during 2016.
Telecom Asia — China Mobile has officially started the commercialization of its rich communication services (RCS) network. The Chinese mobile giant collaborated with ZTE for the virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) based RCS deployment. In October 2014, ZTE won the tender to become the system integrator of this project.
Mobile World Live — China’s three operators now have more than two million 4G base stations, with 4G subscribers topping 500 million, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. 4G users account for nearly 40 per cent of the country’s 1.3 billion connections.
Digi 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).
Digi 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 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%.
ZDNet — 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;
Digi 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%.
Telecom 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.
Digi 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 tech.sina.com.
ZTE 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.
Telecom 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.
Digi 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.
Ericsson 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.
China 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.
Zacks — 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.
Telecom 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.
Tech 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.
Times 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.
Metering — 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.
China 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.
Digi 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).
Mobile 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.
Mobile World Live — China Mobile signed a one-year framework deal with Nokia Networks valued at more than $1 billion (€930 million). The agreement, signed yesterday by China Mobile EVP Li Huidi (pictured, right) and Nokia Networks chairman and EVP Hans-Juergen Bill, covers the supply of TD-LTE equipment, core network gear as well as software and services from Q1 of this year to early 2016.
China Tech News — China Mobile’s performance report for the first three quarters ended September 30, 2015, shows that its operating revenue reached CNY512.739 billion (US$ 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%.
Seoul — 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.
Digi 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.
Want 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’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.