Chinese LTE mobile infrastructure market in decline, argues IHS Markit

A network sharing deal between China Unicom and China Telecom in 2016 has been a contributing factor in the country’s LTE capex decline by 16% year on year, according to the latest note from IHS Markit.

Insights from IHS Markit’s “2017 Mobile Infrastructure: China Annual Market Tracker” show that China – being the world’s largest mobile subscriber base – had a total of 1.3 billion subscribers in 2016. Among these subscribers, 64% were on China...

By Telecoms, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile.

The top 10 predictions for internet industry growth in China in 2017

The largest mobile Internet companies in China will derive over 30 percent of their total revenue from overseas markets. Moreover, Chinese in-country online retail transactions will reach around $1.5 trillion by 2019, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

"Entering 2017, China's Internet industry formally bids farewell to the fast growth of recent years, making an overall transition from an incremental market to a saturated market," said Xue Yu , senior analyst at

By David H. Deans, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Connectivity, Networks.

5G edges closer as China Mobile announces large-scale testing

China Mobile, alongside partners Qualcomm and ZTE, has announced plans to conduct large-scale 5G tests based on specs being developed by 3GPP.

Before a new generation of mobile technology is rolled out, interoperability tests and over-the-air field tests need to be conducted. With today’s announcement, China Mobile is looking to get an early start in this process while the 5G standard is still being finalised.

“The trials will operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Industry, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

China Mobile opts for Brocade’s NFV to aid government Internet Plus initiative

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Networking solutions company Brocade has announced that mobile communications service provider China Mobile has selected Brocade’s advanced network functions virtualization (NFV) solution to support its most strategic corporate development initiative.

With the deployment of Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager (vTM) at important data centres of China Mobile, China Mobile will be able to deliver highly available and agile cloud services while keeping the operating cost under...

By Telecoms, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, NFV, Operators.

China orders telecoms providers to cut-off access to VPN users

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Most people have some awareness of China's oppressive firewall, but at least in the past it was simple to circumvent using a VPN. However, a number of residents in Xinjiang – a province in the northwest of China – faced having their internet access cut-off for using a VPN service to bypass the Great Firewall.

Xinjiang is no stranger to internet crackdowns, and was targeted during...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2015, 2 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Consumers, Government, Regulation.

Mobile internet growth is enabled by Chinese vendors

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The evolution of the mobile communication ecosystem continues to advance in 2015, as the enabling smartphone vendor focus moves beyond what they make (products) towards "what they make possible" (socioeconomic freedom) within the emerging markets.Affordable smartphones are a key component of the Mobile Internet success story. The leading manufacturers in China are now producing a variety of low-cost, high-value devices that are empowering people around the globe to access the Web for the very first time.

By David H. Deans, 11 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices.

Huawei posts revenue jump of 30% - spends €25m on Amartus SDN software

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Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei, has posted a revenue jump of 30% for the first six months of the year. Overall revenue climbed to 175.9bn Yuan (£18bn) thanks to growth in the company's far-reaching businesses including telecommunications equipment and smartphones. 

Although behind Apple and Xiaomi in their home country, Huawei is the third biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 20 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Government, Infrastructure, Mobile, SDN, Telematics.

Chinese telcos switch gear to the connected car

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China's biggest telecoms operator, China Mobile, has announced that it will be preparing to focus on 4G services for the rise of connected cars. The comments are from Ren Dakai, Chief Director of Traffic Products at China Mobile, who said the firm is aiming to provide service for 500,000 IoV users this year.

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By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Networks.

China takes on MVNO, shakes up telco market

In late December, MIIT, China’s telecom regulator, issued licenses to 11 non-telco companies as MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators), opening a new era in an otherwise rather monolithic market.

Given a large population and dissatisfaction of the incumbent telcos, MVNO represents a force of disruption and new energy for growth. MIIT estimates MVNOs could reach 50 million customers or 3% of China’s total cellphone population by 2015, and reap 1% of total mobile revenue which is in tens of...

By Dr Lin Sun, 14 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: China, MVNO, Networks, Operators.