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.

The ups and downs of China.com

In the midst of economic downturn, the Internet is reveling in a mind-boggling boom in China: with huge numbers of customers that are the envy of online merchants and service providers around the world; and their spending keeps growing.

According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China had 513 million Internet users by the end of 2011, up 12% from a year ago, and 350 million of these used their cell phone to access the Internet, up 17%.

However, the agency warns growth is slowing by...

By Dr Lin Sun, 13 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Mobile.

iPhone 4S sales suspended in Beijing and Shanghai

Apple has suspended retail sales of its iPhone 4S in Beijing and Shanghai after outraged Chinese shoppers pelted its flagship Beijing store in Sanlitun with eggs following a botched product launch event.

A restless crowd was told that the store would not be opening and they would be unable to purchase the product they had all been queuing for hours in sub-zero temperatures for.

As a result of the ensuing melee, police had to be brought in to manage the disgruntled, unruly crowd.

Trouble broke out and eggs...

By Matt Henkes, 13 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Smartphones.

Huawei grabs 2012 by the horns

In the latest effort to spur growth in the sluggish equipment market, Huawei has unveiled what it claims is the slimmest smartphone at CES 2012 this week. Ascend P1 S features 6.68mm in depth and 4.3-in capacitive screen.

The smartphone runs 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and new Android 4.0. Huawei plans to sell Ascend in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific in April at an estimated retail price of $400 (possibly lower for operator subsidies or service plans). The company hopes the new lineup will amp up smartphone...

By Dr Lin Sun, 12 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, N America.

What is China’s outlook for an LTE 2012?

By Beijing correspondent Dr. Lin Sun

In a recent interview, Yang Hua, Secretary General of TD-SCDMA Alliance, called for a “pre-commercial” LTE service in 2012, right after second phase testing, referring to the term used in China for service to a small number of customers before it opens to the public.

Unfortunately, it appears his wishes, along with the members of the group that...

By Dr Lin Sun, 03 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, LTE.

Beijing Correspondent: China's journey into the broadband elite

By Beijing Correspondent Dr Lin Sun

In early 2011, China Telecom (CTC), the largest fixed-line operator, launched “Broadband Country-Op-Net Cities.” The goal was a ten-fold increase in download speed to 20Mbps in most urban households and 100Mbps for most businesses by 2015.

The plan is quite bold given the reality that most access today is DSL at about 1-2Mbps and many old buildings are not pre-wired for FTTH...

By Dr Lin Sun, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Consumers, Fiber Optic.

China Exceeds 100 Million 3G Mobile Subscriptions

Global mobile network service provider subscriptions will reach over six billion by the end of this year. The Asia-Pacific region will account for more than half of the worldwide total in 2011, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Asia-Pacific added nearly one billion connections from two years ago. That growth is being fueled by rapid economic development in the region -- where increased rollout of mobile network infrastructure, citizen prosperity, and affordability of mobile handsets have increased adoption. That said, less than 18 percent of the three billion connections in...

By David H. Deans, 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Consumers, Mobile, Networks.

What do we really know about Huawei?

By Dr Lin Sun, Beijing Correspondent

It appears nothing can stop Huawei’s progress; despite an inquiry by the US Congress to investigate any possibility of Chinese government sponsored “espionage” by Huawei and ZTE.

Earlier this year, the US government blocked a bid by Huawei for a national LTE project on security concerns. It is the latest of several setbacks to...

By Dr Lin Sun, 23 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, N America.

Beijing Correspondent - Special Report - LTE for China

Specia Report By Dr Lin Sun, Beijing Correspondent

At ITU Telecom World show in late October, China Mobile unveiled a multi-band smartphone. The ZTE phone is powered by an MTK chipset and runs on Android OS. It is designed for TD-SCDMA and GSM networks for voice and TD-LTE for high-speed data service.

China Mobile is keeping quiet on the launch of TD-LTE service and the cost of LTE phones, but I’d suspect it is at least 10 months...

By Dr Lin Sun, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

China's app growth is up by 840% in 2011

China’s mobile application market is now the second largest in the world, according to research.

Analytics firm, Flurry, found that China has had an 840% increase in app usage during this year. The growth is four times more than the rate experienced by other countries.

The country now ranks behind the United States in the stakes to become number 1 in the apps...

By Dani Millward, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Asia, China, Consumers, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Report predicts further industry consolidation

Almost half of telecoms firms are still facing financial risks associated with past and ongoing economic uncertainties, leading to a further spate of M&A industry consolidation activity, according to a report from the business advisory firm Alix Partners.   

The firm said that despite steady growth in the high-tech sector, a large number of companies were still facing the prospect of default or bankruptcy in within the next two years unless action was taken.

Within the telecoms sector, which...

By Matt Henkes, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Europe, Google, Industry, N America.

How long will the iPad fever last?

2011: the year of media tablets

Although there were tablets in the market long before iPad, after its first announcement many still had doubts, and questioned the usefulness of such a device. Nevertheless Apple exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. Since the release of the iPad, Apple alone has shipped a total of 15 million tablets making it a most wanted Christmas present of 2010. Despite a temporary volume decrease in Q1 2011, caused by delayed iPad 2 launch, in Q2 2011 again there were 9.25...

By Research2Guidance, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Consumers, Devices, Industry, LATAM, N America, Research.

China Telecom announces 2012 cloud strategy

China Telecom has announced its cloud strategy for 2012 which includes a number of esurfing cloud devices and storage products due to launch next year.

The national telecom operator was one of the first to establish a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi as well as setting up a data centre to act as the hub for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Cloud, Devices, Infrastructure, Operators.