Trump’s administration U-turns on ZTE ban

Despite the rhetoric about China stealing US jobs, Trump’s administration has softened its stance to help save telecoms equipment giant ZTE.

ZTE is one of China’s biggest telecoms companies. Last week, Telecoms reported the company had suspended its operations citing a ban from U.S lawmakers. Washington accused ZTE of violating U.S export restrictions and making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.

As a result of...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America.

ZTE suspends operations due to US ban

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE has been forced to cease its operations citing the sales ban from the US.

Last month, ZTE was hit by a ban from the US preventing any firms in the country from supplying it with any components or technology. The reason Washington provided was that ZTE violated US export restrictions and made repeated false statements, both of which have been disputed by the company.

“As a result of the Denial Order, the major operating activities of the company have ceased,” ZTE said in...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, N America.

Technology, media and telecom 2018 M&A deal update: Value goes up but deals go down

As more companies use technology innovation to improve their scale, automation and robotics continue to generate interest among investors. Mapping and software development have significant potential, particularly as most business leaders seek to digitize their commercial operations.

This trend will continue for some time. Consulting on the various types of new technology tools will also likely be an area to follow in the near future, according to the latest worldwide market study by

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Content, Entertainment, OTT Services.

How China is driving Industrial IoT application growth

Worldwide information and communications technology (ICT) spending - including new technologies - is expected to exceed $5.6 trillion in 2021 with growth accelerating through the end of the forecast period, according to the latest worldwide market study by International Data Corporation (IDC).

By 2021, new technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, robots and drones, augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets, and 3D printers, will account for almost a quarter (23 percent) of...

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

CCS Insight predicts Europe will fall behind in 5G

Researchers at CCS Insight have released a report predicting that Europe will fall behind in the rollout of 5G.

The research firm predicts the U.S. and China will lead the way in deploying the next generation of mobile technology. Initial commercial deployments in the U.S. are expected this year, but China is set to overtake in connection volume by 2020.

CCS Insight's forecast of an initial U.S. lead corroborates with a...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

How Asian telcos are leading global innovation investment

While most telecom service providers across the globe continue to invest in software-defined networking and open source software, a few are now investing in the new wave of technologies. In particular, technology leadership is a key component in China's strategic plan to stimulate new economic growth.

In its latest benchmarking study to identify the leaders and laggards in telecom service provider innovation, ABI Research has concluded that Asian telcos are the recognized technology trailblazers, followed...

By David H. Deans, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Innovation, Operators.

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 gov.cn, 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.