Will China Mobile offer fiber-to-the-home?

Within a year, people in China could apply for fiber-to-the-home service from China Mobile.

No, this is not a typo. Reports say the largest wireless operator is within arm’s reach to receive a broadband license and is quietly gearing up construction of optical transport networks and access networks.

In late 2011, speculation began to circulate that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) was reassessing the notion of “full-service” operator as a means to break through the...

By Dr Lin Sun, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Fiber Optic, Industry.

Broadband take-up passes 600m mark as China grows and grows

Figures prepared by UK-based analysts Point Topic and published by The Broadband Forum have revealed that worldwide broadband subscription has exceeded 600 million users.

The figure – which is more than the populations of the United States and Brazil combined and accounts for approximately 8.5% of the world’s population – was passed in the first quarter of 2012, according to the report.

This resulted in an increased subscriber base of over 16 million lines during the first quarter with Asia...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, IPTV, Research.

China Telecom aligns with Ubitus for cloud gaming on smart TVs

China Telecom, the third largest telecoms provider in China, has today announced a partnership with cloud software provider Ubitus to create a cloud gaming service on connected TVs.

The Ubitus GameCloud will render processing-heavy games on the cloud into streaming videos, and will be compatible with connected TVs and set-top boxes enabling users to play games without the need for a console.

GameCloud is expected to be rolled out on October 1, with connected TVs expected to be in 53 million households by the end of 2013....

By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Smart TV.

European Commission vs. China: "unlikely to turn to real havoc"

Following on from TelecomsTech's report on the EU anti-dumping investigation and alleging Chinese mobile manufacturers Huawei and ZTE benefit from illegal subsidies, here's our Beijing Correspondent, Dr. Lin Sun, with his take on the imbroglio.

 

 

It will be interesting to see how the Chinese government reacts to the EU's charges which I believe will...

By Dr Lin Sun, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Europe, Industry, Mobile.

EU anti-dumping investigation provokes China retaliation fears

News that the EU is planning to launch a huge 'anti-dumping' trade case against China, alleging that Chinese mobile manufacturers benefit from illegal government subsidies, has provoked only anxious reticence and stony silence among European tech leaders.

On Friday the Financial Times reported that the EU was poised to launch one of its biggest ever trade cases, citing claims that the commission had painstakingly gathered evidence over...

By Matt Henkes, 29 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: China, Europe, Industry, Mobile.

Why is China taking so long to implement 4G?

China, expected to be the largest market of TD-LTE, is sending out mixed signals: China Mobile demoed LTE of a sort in Hangzhou in March. After more than a year in testing, the event was intended to impress media and government officials. Meanwhile, Shenzhena in south China is rumored to launch LTE service in late May to a small number of customers.

You’d think LTE is in the offing, but China Mobile says more testing is needed for dual-mode terminals and...

By Dr Lin Sun, 15 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Mobile, Wireless.

Next-Generation Mobile Networks Risk and Reward

According to the latest market study by ABI Research, mobile Internet usage will account for 25 percent of China's mobile phone service revenues in 2012 -- that's up from less than 23 percent in 2011. In India, mobile Internet is forecast to represent 19 percent of this year's service revenue. While the figures demonstrate the robust demand for mobile data across the Asia-Pacific, they still pale in comparison to the region's leading markets -- such as Japan (40 percent) and Hong Kong (44 percent). ABI Research senior analyst, Aapo Markkanen said, "It’s in carriers’ interests...

By David H. Deans, 13 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, India, Mobile.

Nokia hit by tough smartphone market: Shares nosedive

Shares in the Finnish mobile giant Nokia plunged by 14% after the firm admitted it was facing a tough battle for smartphone sales, “particularly in India, the Middle East, Africa and China”, and revised its Q1 predictions downwards.

The company has faced an uphill struggle since abandoning the ‘burning platform’ of Symbian and throwing its lot in with Microsoft’s WP7 platform. Sales of its new Lumina windows phones have been sluggish, though Nokia says it sold over 2m handsets...

By Matt Henkes, 12 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, India, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

China Leads Smartphone Shipment Growth in 2012

Smartphone shipments to emerging markets will drive new growth in the years ahead -- the implications are significant; it's a major shift in focus. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), China will become the leading global market for smartphone shipments in 2012, moving ahead of the current leader, the United States. Looking ahead to 2016, two additional emerging markets, India and Brazil, will enter the top 5 country markets for smartphone user adoption. "Due to their sheer size, strong demand, and healthy replacement rates, emerging markets are quickly becoming the engines of the worldwide smartphone market," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst at IDC. Users in emerging markets seek more than simple...

By David H. Deans, 23 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Smartphones.