China paves the way for virtual telecom operators

China has announced plans to grant licenses to virtual telecom operators for the first time in an attempt to shake up the market.

The market is currently dominated by state-owned China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Virtual operators use the networks of established players and lease capacity from them.

Interestingly, licenses will even be granted to foreign-invested virtual telecom operators.

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

China Telecom, Huawei and State Grid team up for report into 5G network slicing

To get the best benefits of 5G technologies in China, operators need to cooperate with the electricity providers. A new report from China Telecom, Huawei and the country’s State Grid examines the smart grid and a 5G ‘network slicing’ project.

China is committed to the ‘Made in China 2025’ project upgrading the country’s manufacturing sector which, as the report notes, is similar to Industry 4.0 initiatives in requiring fast network connections. A missive from, the Chinese...

By , 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, IoT, Networks.

CES: Huawei CEO expresses frustration with US market

Following years of attempts to break into the US market, Huawei CEO Richard Yu expressed his frustration during a keynote at CES.

Huawei was said to have agreed to a deal with AT&T to distribute the smartphone manufacturer’s devices. In preparation, Huawei hired Gal Gadot (most well known for her role as Wonder Woman) as the company’s new spokesperson.

Back in December, Yu told the Associate Press, “We will sell our...

By Ryan Daws, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile unveil first end-to-end 5G NR interoperable system

Qualcomm Technologies, ZTE and China Mobile have announced that they have successfully achieved the world’s first end-to-end 5G NR Interoperability Data Testing (IoDT) system demonstrating a data connection based on the 3GPP R15 standard.

The end-to-end 5G NR system operates in 3.5GHz and supports 100MHz bandwidth, compliant with the 3GPP Release-15 5G New Radio layer 1 framework, including the scalable OFDM numerology, new advanced channel coding and modulation schemes, and the low-latency...

By Telecoms, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

China Telecom chooses Bridge Alliance as partner to provide M2M and IoT services

China Telecom and Bridge Alliance have signed a machine to machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) services deal, with both sides aiming to capitalise on the impetus the IoT is receiving in the Asia Pacific region.

The business partnership deal will allow China Telecom to offer IoT/M2M services to multinational enterprise customers across Bridge Alliance's footprint of 34 markets.

Deng Xiao Feng, managing director of China Telecom’s global business department, said: "We are excited to join...

By Telecoms, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, IoT, M2M.

ZTE launches ‘total solution’ designed to accelerate the pre-5G evolution

At the recently held 2017 ZTE Wireless and Services User Congress in Brussels, ZTE introduced a total solution designed to expedite the 2017 ZTE Wireless and Services User Congress, which represents a comprehensive Pre5G upgrade following ZTE’s proposal on its Pre5G innovation philosophy and development of a series of solutions.

The total Pre5G solution revolves around enabling the 5G-like eMBB, 5G-Ready network architecture, and 5G-oriented service applications for all-round 5G network construction....

By Telecoms, 24 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

Majority of one billion 5G users in 2023 will be China-based, says CCS Insight

The number of 5G subscribers across the world will hit the one billion mark by mid-2023, with more than half of those from China, according to the latest figures from CCS Insight.

According to the company’s estimates, China will represent more than four subscribers in 10 5G connections globally by 2025. This is because the country will take an early lead compared to other nations, such as South Korea, Japan, and the US - who are fighting it out to champion the first commercial launch of the network, in...

By Telecoms, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

China Telecom utilises Versa Networks for SD-WAN service

Versa Networks has been chosen as a primary vendor for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and security (SD-Security) by China Telecom to cater the needs of its global customer base.

The latter’s managed SD-WAN service is developed on Versa’s comprehensive suite of virtualised network and security functions (VNFs), which enables a truly software-based managed SD-WAN service that gives customers a better business agility and make them ‘cloud-ready’ via its application-level visibility,...

By Telecoms, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Networks.

China jails man selling VPNs to circumvent its ‘Great Firewall’

China’s notorious internet censorship doesn’t appear to be loosening anytime soon as a man gets nine months in jail for selling VPNs.

The recently unveiled court decision revealed Deng Jiewei, a 26-year-old man from Dongguan, was sentenced for selling two VPN services on his website. He reportedly made nearly 14,000 yuan (£1642) before he was detained by police last August.

While Jiewei was sentenced in March, the court documents only circulated on Chinese social media...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Government, Surveillance.

China Unicom gets investment support from Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, and more

China Unicom has signed a deal with several of the country’s major technology brands, including Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba, with overall investment of $11.7 billion (£9.1bn) coming into the operator.

A total of 10 private and state investors will purchase just over 35% of the shares of China United Network Communications (Unicom A Share Company), a listed unit, with China Unicom’s share dropping from more than 62% to 36.67% as a result.

“The businesses carried out by these strategic...

By James Bourne, 17 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Operators.

What can the UK learn from China to bolster its 5G market – and ensure its success?

Vendors and operators across the UK are currently looking towards China, which is on track to launch commercial 5G networks by 2020, and is expected to become the world’s largest 5G market by 2025.

A recent report from GSMA Intelligence and the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) revealed that after 5G networks are commercially deployed in 2020, following a...

By John Baker, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Networks.

China Mobile downgraded by Morgan Stanley, ‘scrambling’ to catch up on IoT, say reports

It has not been the best week for China Mobile. The operator, which is the largest global telco in terms of domestic subscribers, has been downgraded in the eyes of analysts Morgan Stanley, while another analyst, Edison Lee at Jefferies, said the company faces a ‘dilemma’ in terms of Internet of Things (IoT) standards.

According to Barrons, Morgan Stanley finds three issues with China Mobile’s...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, IoT, Operators.

How Chinese smartphone vendors are gaining new market share

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017 -- that's a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest market study by Gartner.

Gartner analysts believe that mobile phone buyers are spending a little more to get a much better device, resulting in the rise in average selling prices of smartphones across the globe.

The shift in buyer preference is positively affecting Chinese manufacturers - such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo - in...

By David H. Deans, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Smartphones.

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


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.