LTE in China: What to expect?
Construction of TD-LTE networks has accelerated as China Mobile is to launch the largest bid in 2013 for base stations. The plan calls for a total of 200,000 TD-LTE BTSs and prospective equipment makers are expected to submit their offer by June.
If everything goes as planned, LTE will be deployed in more than 340 cities but the focus is in some 100 major markets where demand for wireless broadband is strong.
China Mobile wants LTE to cover as many as 300 million people. In the meantime, China Mobile will...
Watch these Chinese optical transceiver vendors
The recently published Ovum report, China Is Hotbed for OC Industry Change, highlights Chinese optical component supplier growth, the drivers leading to their ascension, and the problems transceiver vendors are facing. The analysis identifies Accelink (WTD), Hisense, and Innolight as the highest-rated Chinese transceiver vendors. Although they were rated below global leaders, Ovum believes they can disrupt the status quo. Single-mode transceivers for data centers represent the next big opportunity; we...
Huawei snaffles major LTE deal with Wind
Huawei, the major Chinese operator, has been picked by Italian mobile operator Wind to lead the charge for a €1bn (£854.1m) network based on LTE.
As reported by Bloomberg, Wind expects to build the infrastructure, with Huawei and network engineering firm Sirti, for the network over five years. The move could be seen as something of a coup for both players, given that Wind is currently the third largest mobile operator in Italy.
Wind competes with Vodafone Italy and Telecom Italia, having been the...
Is China going to become the number one M2M power?
A new report from Pyramid Research has detailed how China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s largest cellular machine to machine (M2M) market in the coming years.
The report, entitled “Cellular M2M Connections: An Analysis of Growth Drivers, Market Segments and Operator Approaches”, revealed that China’s overall M2M device volumes stand at 45m for 2013, rising to 138m total subscriptions by 2017 – 8.5% of all cellular...
China’s Internet giants begin their switch to mobile
Research shows importance of developing smartphone market
Two separate pieces of research from Nielsen and Canalys have shown how the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) market is going to explode in terms of smartphone development.
The key takeaway from the Canalys report was that China’s smartphone market is growing at such a rate that it will be nearly double the size of the US market this year, and the advice to operators is: make hay while the sun shines in emerging markets, before your competition gets there first.
Canalys predicts that China will absorb...
Orange and Baidu strike up smartphone partnership
Big brands are on MVNO alert in China
By Carrie Pawsey, Senior Analyst, Telco StrategyThe Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MITT) recently announced that it has opened a consultation period to gauge whether mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) should be allowed into the Chinese market. It has proposed a two-year trial period in which the three mobile operators have to take on at least two MVNOs each. The consultation period is 30 days and closes on February 6, 2012. The MITT hopes that the existence of MVNOs will increase...
Huawei’s stock goes up and up as 2013 begins
End of year message from acting CEO reveals 2012 sales revenue in excess of $35bn (£21.8bn) and a net profit of approximately $2.4bn (£1.5bn)
It’s been an eventful 12 months for Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei.
From becoming the largest worldwide vendor ahead of Ericsson in July, to being hauled in front of a US House Intelligence Committee for the potential use of spying codes in company equipment