Nikkei — 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.
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.
China Unicom, the country’s second largest mobile operator, is planning large-scale NB-IoT field trials in more than five cities this year and aims to start commercial deployment by the end of the year and take coverage nationwide in 2018. Tian Wenke, GM of China Unicom’s customer department, said traditional cellular technology faces challenges in IoT applications such as coverage, battery life, service quality and module costs, which NB-IoT can solve, C114.net reported.
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).
Mobile World Live — China Unicom has committed to investing CNY14 billion ($2.2 billion) to upgrade its mobile networks and fibre infrastructure in Shanghai over the next five years. The operator, China’s second largest by number of subscribers, was the first to sign an “Internet +” cooperation agreement with the Shanghai municipal government, according to C114.net.
Digi Times — China Unicom has cooperated with several China-based IT players including Huawei, LeTV and Mango TV, a multimedia content subsidiary of Hunan Broadcasting System, to establish an Ultra HD alliance, looking to push Ultra HD content and products, according to a report fromsina.com. In addition to products and content, the alliance will also focus on enhancing China’s Internet speed and help reduce the fee consumers pay to access Internet.
Digi Times — Telecom carrier China Unicom has released its 2015 financial report, recording consolidated revenues of CNY277.049 billion (US$44.09 billion), down 2.7% on year, net profit of CNY10.562 billion, down 12.4%, and net EPS of CNY0.441. The China-based carrier said it plans to distribute a cash dividend per share of CNY0.17 for 2015.
Digi Times — Telecom carrier China United Network Communications (China Unicom) has procured equipment for setting up 469,000 4G base stations, with Huawei Technologies and ZTE together winning over 80% of the procurement volume, Ericsson about 11%, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell together about 7%, according to China-based media reports.
China Tech News — China Unicom and Telefonica will establish a joint venture named Smart Steps Digital Technology Co., Ltd for big data services. China Unicom will hold a 55% stake in the joint venture while Telefonica will hold the remaining 45%. They will operate and manage the joint venture in accordance with the market mechanism. Total investment in the venture was not released.
Telecom Asia — China Unicom’s Zhejiang subsidiary, together with Huawei, has deployed a Transport software-defined networking (T-SDN) project on the Hangzhou metro transport network to provide bandwidth on demand (BoD) leased lines for government and enterprises.
China Telecom and China Unicom have announced a wide-ranging resource sharing agreement aiming to improve operational efficiency, including with plans to join forces on 4G rollouts in rural areas. The operators have agreed to share some 4G base stations in addition to the tower-sharing agreement between China’s three state-owned operators.
Telecom Asia — China Unicom and Telefónica have set up a joint venture to provide big data services in China. The JV, dubbed “Smart Steps Digital Technology Company,” will leverage Unicom’s telecom network and customer base, and Telefónica’s mature technology in big data services such as Smart Steps, according to a joint statement by the firms released Tuesday.
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).
Telecom Asia — China Unicom and Telefónica have agreed to share their international data center capacity for multinational clients across Europe, The Americas and Asia, as a first step toward broader and larger scale cloud cooperation. The telcos said the initial agreement covers three major data centers from each operator with the inclusion of additional facilities over time.
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.
Enterprise Innovation — SK Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Unicom to cooperate in strengthening their competitiveness in the telecommunications industry and promoting new growth businesses. Under the MOU, SK Telecom and China Unicom will work closely in diverse areas such as 5G technology, international roaming, platform, and startup support to enhance customer benefits and lead the development of the overall ICT industry.
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 Daily — YAOUNDE – Chinese mobile communication company China Unicom has signed an agreement with its Cameroonian counterpart to cooperate on improve link between the Central African country with the rest of world. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of China Unicom Yimin Lu signed the agreement with the General Manager of Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) David Nkoto Emane for deploying a submarine optical fibre cable to link Cameroon in Central Africa with Brazil in South America.
Establishment Post — Earlier in September, Jiang Zhengxin – vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp. –revealed that the company has been contracted to construct China’s first international undersea cable linking China and Myanmar improving Myanmar internet access.
SK Telecom, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, said Sunday that it will cooperate with China Unicom for new growth businesses such as fifth-generation (5G) network and mobile platform. The company said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s second-largest telecom firm during a board meeting of the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) in South Africa, Thursday.
Business Cloud News — Telefónica and China Unicom have agreed to share their international data centre capacity for multinational clients across Europe, The Americas and Asia. The initial agreement covers three major data centres from each operator but, the companies say, this could be the first step towards larger scale cloud cooperation.
China 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.
ASEAN Briefing — Earlier this week Jiang Zhengxin – vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp. –revealed that the company has been contracted to construct China’s first international undersea cable linking China and Myanmar. Speaking from the sidelines of the China-ASEAN Information Harbor Forum held on September 13th, this announcement comes as part of a larger push by China to enhance its connectivity with ASEAN.
Want China Times — China Unicom, one of China’s main telecommunications service providers, is building the country’s first international undersea cable, the company said on Sunday. China Unicom is cooperating with Myanmar’s telecommunications operators to build the underwater cable, said Jiang Zhengxin, vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp, the parent of the state-run telecom company.
India Times — BEIJING: China is building its first international undersea cable that will carry information and data flow between the country and the ASEAN nations. State-owned China Unicom, one of the main telecommunications providers in the country, is cooperating with Myanmar’s telecommunications operators to build the underwater cable, said Jiang Zhengxin, vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp, parent of China Unicom.
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.