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.

The IoV is what we call "

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.

Is LTE a mixed blessing for China Telecom?

China Telecom (CTC) is feeling the heat in LTE after rival China Mobile began massive TD-LTE construction with 200,000 base stations in more than 100 cities, so the third largest wireless operator ran its own LTE bid in early October for LTE TDD and FDD BTSs in anticipation that LTE license is immanent and its 3G service (CDMA EV-DO) does need a makeover in order to stay competitive and LTE is the only way to do it.

CTC did not reveal the value of the bid, but it is estimated at RMB5bn (US$820mn) or about...

By Dr Lin Sun, 21 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Licensing, LTE.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

Countdown to China LTE Launch

Signs abound that China is very close to first LTE rollout as a license is expected in a few months.

This is certainly good news for equipment makers fighting off slowing capex and fierce competition.

China Mobile also stands to benefit from TD-LTE on its preemptive position; more important, the standard has the government behind.

The latter is crucial for commercial success. Of course the government is not always failsafe as we have seen in ill-fated TD-SCDMA, but it does lend a heavy hand in things like...

By Dr Lin Sun, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Consumers, Licensing, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

“LTE-Advanced” Galaxy S4 on the way, users ready for 4G switch

The latest research shows many customers can’t wait to switch to LTE and have capable devices in preparation; however Samsung, looking to get ahead of the pack, is introducing a refreshed Galaxy S4 in South Korea supporting LTE-Advanced.

Users outside of the country aren’t likely to utilise the “advanced” iteration for some time, so we’ll dream of its theoretical capabilities for now.

The standard by 3GPP should offer a download speed up to 3Gbps and upload speeds of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

China and Taiwan to issue LTE licenses in 2013, but not without controversy

The Chinese press recently reported that sources “close to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)” have stated that the MIIT is planning to issue TD-LTE licenses to all three Chinese MNOs – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. The licenses are expected to be issued in 2013. However, the problem is that only China Mobile wants a TD-LTE license as it is a natural evolution from its TD-SCDMA air interface. Issuing China Mobile with a TD-LTE license as early as this year would also...

By Ovum Research, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Smartphones.

Chinese hackers breach Google to reveal US spy data

Chinese hackers gained access to “years worth of US law enforcement and spy data” in a breach of Google’s servers back in 2010, according to a report.

Official response from Google at the time said the hackers were after “human rights activist information”, where in fact US officials actually say they were after a sensitive database.

At the time a dispute was raised between Google and the FBI stemming from distrust for making no reference to the possible hacked database.

It now...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Google, Security.

Top 3 mobile service innovation demands in China

The essential components of the mobile Internet -- network, device and application -- are all undergoing changes, along with the ongoing evolution of mobile communication industry. Today, mobile devices increasingly meet various demands for communication, entertainment, learning, living, working, and access to innovative m-commerce applications. They also enhance people’s sense of hearing, sight and touch; expand the breadth and depth of communication; and speed up the transformation of people’s...

By David H. Deans, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infographic, Mobile, Operators.

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...

By Dr Lin Sun, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Operators.

Watch these Chinese optical transceiver vendors

Summary

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...

By Ovum Research, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, Telematics.

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...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.