Can HTC go for the jugular in Chinese smartphone market?

Everyone’s getting used to struggling financial results from the telecoms industry these days due to the bleak economic outlook.

Announcing quarterly figures is akin to a death sentence, especially if the big companies find the going difficult.

Huawei posted strong sales revenue figures of CNY 102.7bn (£10.4bn), overtaking Swedish giants Ericsson through the first two quarters of 2012.

But despite this, they posted a 22%...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Operators, Smartphones.

EMC’s deal with Lenovo is about China, not Cisco

By Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, IT Infrastructure, Ovum

EMC has struck a deal with Chinese PC and server maker Lenovo. The most important elements of the deal are that Lenovo will resell EMC storage products in China, and EMC will provide Lenovo with technical help developing Lenovo’s x86 servers. The arrangement is likely to provide EMC with improved access to the Chinese market, and has parallels with EMC’s formerly successful resale arrangement with Dell.

It does not pose an immediate threat...

By Ovum Research, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Industry.

Huawei largest telecom equipment vendor, beats Ericsson

There’s been a sea-change at the top of the telecom equipment vendors market; Chinese manufacturer Huawei posted more sales revenue than Ericsson through Q1 and Q2 of 2012.

Huawei posted first-half sales revenue figures of CNY 102.7bn (£10.4bn), which was a 5% increase from this time last year.

In comparison, Swedish vendor Ericsson posted revenue figures of 106.3bn kronor (£9.85bn) for the first two quarters of this year.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei chief financial officer, spoke of “moving...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infrastructure, Operators.

Is ‘dumping’ scandal aftermath starting to hit ZTE hard?

It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Chinese telecoms behemoth ZTE: not only are their profits down, but it’s been reported that up to 12,000 of their staff could lose their jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

A piece by Marbridge Consulting, citing a source within the company, has claimed that ZTE has already made three rounds of cuts since February, with overseas workers very much at risk.

Staff have purportedly been sent a circulatory explaining the importance of localisation in tough...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: China, Operators, Wireless.

Will China Mobile offer fiber-to-the-home?

Within a year, people in China could apply for fiber-to-the-home service from China Mobile.

No, this is not a typo. Reports say the largest wireless operator is within arm’s reach to receive a broadband license and is quietly gearing up construction of optical transport networks and access networks.

In late 2011, speculation began to circulate that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) was reassessing the notion of “full-service” operator as a means to break through the...

By Dr Lin Sun, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Fiber Optic, Industry.

Broadband take-up passes 600m mark as China grows and grows

Figures prepared by UK-based analysts Point Topic and published by The Broadband Forum have revealed that worldwide broadband subscription has exceeded 600 million users.

The figure – which is more than the populations of the United States and Brazil combined and accounts for approximately 8.5% of the world’s population – was passed in the first quarter of 2012, according to the report.

This resulted in an increased subscriber base of over 16 million lines during the first quarter with Asia...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, IPTV, Research.

China Telecom aligns with Ubitus for cloud gaming on smart TVs

China Telecom, the third largest telecoms provider in China, has today announced a partnership with cloud software provider Ubitus to create a cloud gaming service on connected TVs.

The Ubitus GameCloud will render processing-heavy games on the cloud into streaming videos, and will be compatible with connected TVs and set-top boxes enabling users to play games without the need for a console.

GameCloud is expected to be rolled out on October 1, with connected TVs expected to be in 53 million households by the end of 2013....

By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Smart TV.

European Commission vs. China: "unlikely to turn to real havoc"

Following on from TelecomsTech's report on the EU anti-dumping investigation and alleging Chinese mobile manufacturers Huawei and ZTE benefit from illegal subsidies, here's our Beijing Correspondent, Dr. Lin Sun, with his take on the imbroglio.

 

 

It will be interesting to see how the Chinese government reacts to the EU's charges which I believe will...

By Dr Lin Sun, 31 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Europe, Industry, Mobile.

EU anti-dumping investigation provokes China retaliation fears

News that the EU is planning to launch a huge 'anti-dumping' trade case against China, alleging that Chinese mobile manufacturers benefit from illegal government subsidies, has provoked only anxious reticence and stony silence among European tech leaders.

On Friday the Financial Times reported that the EU was poised to launch one of its biggest ever trade cases, citing claims that the commission had painstakingly gathered evidence over...

By Matt Henkes, 29 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: China, Europe, Industry, Mobile.

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.