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Chinese operators invest in cloud computing parks

China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province

Chinese operators China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province, according to state news agency Xinhua.

China issues 4G licences, service to start this year

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued 4G licences to China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued 4G licences to the country’s three mobile network operators China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Ubuntu OS launched for smartphones and PCs

Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 13.10 for desktops and mobiles

Open source software developer Canonical has launched an operating system for both mobile handsets and PCs. Ubuntu 13.10 is the firm’s effort to create OS convergence across all devices and has been hailed by Canonical as the “first true mobile release of Ubuntu”. The firm added that it is working with partners to bring Ubuntu smartphone devices to market in 2014.

China to issue 4G licences this year

China will speed up work to issue licenses for the fourth generation (4G) mobile network this year, according to Xinhua News Agency

China will speed up work to issue spectrum licenses for 4G mobile networks this year and accelerate development of broadband internet access, according to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China.

China Unicom supports Ubuntu smartphone OS


The mobile OS made by Linux house Ubuntu received a significant boost this week as China Unicom signed up to the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group and potentially add its 300 million subscribers to the user pool.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

Operator board members are less innovative than those at OTT players, claims European Leaders

The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.

China Unicom grows data usage with low-cost devices

Unicom said that it improved smartphone quality to price ratio in 2012

Chinese operator China Unicom has announced a 92 per cent year on year increase in mobile data usage, attributing the growth in part to the availability of low-cost smarpthones. In an earnings release posted late last week, Unicom referenced an improvement in its smartphone “quality to price ratio”.

China to open opportunities to foreign MVNOs

China could invite foreign MVNOs to operate in the country for the first time

In a bid to encourage direct foreign investment into the country, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a draft proposal to allow mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to set up in the market.

Telefónica sells China Unicom stake

Telefonica has sold a 4.56 per cent stake in China Unicom

Telefónica has announced that it has sold a 4.56 per cent stake in China Unicom for HK$10,963.3 ($1.413bn). The deal leaves the Spanish operator group with a 5.01 stake in the Chinese firm.

Alcatel-Lucent scores major Chinese fibre project

Alcatel-Lucent has been given the nod from China Telecom to provide it with a 100Gbps capable network

China Unicom has selected Alcatel-Lucent as its largest supplier for the planned expansion of its broadband access network using GPON technology across 29 provinces.

Telefónica to collaborate on M2M with China Unicom

China Telecom and Telefonica are joining forces on M2M

Telefónica has signed a strategic agreement with China Unicom that will see the two firms work together on M2M technologies such as cellular communications, RFID sensors and GPS.

Nokia Siemens Networks to deliver fibre boost for China

NSN will be deploying a 5,000Kb long 40Gbps optical network for China Unicom

China’s fibre diet was bulked out yet further this week with the news that China Unicom has tapped Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to deploy a 40Gbps-capable optical network for the operator.

HTC to expand reach in Europe and China

HTC’s Sensation devices are sold in China by China Mobile and China Unicom

Taiwan-based device manufacturer HTC is looking to broaden its reach in both China and Europe with announcements of expansions into both markets. In the case of China, the company has announced its plans to increase the number of retail outlets there from 630 to 2000 by the end of 2011. With a market 10 times bigger than Taiwan’s, where HTC is the dominant player, China could be a lucrative revenue stream for HTC if it can take on Huawei and ZTE, both of which have been paying increasing attention to western markets lately.

Huawei wins managed service deal at home

Huawei will look after China Unicom's Shanghai network

Chinese vendor Huawei has scored a managed services deal with local carrier China Unicom, the company said Tuesday.

China Unicom takes profit hit for second year in a row

China Unicom has posted a profit decline of more than 50 per cent for the second year in a row

China Unicom’s heavy spending on handset subsidies has taken its toll on profits. Announcing its 2010 annual results yesterday, China’s second-largest operator reported an 11.3 per cent growth in revenue that was tempered by a net profit drop of almost 60 per cent to $586.5m. China Unicom reported losses of RMB 3.4bn on “handset subsidy costs.”

China Telecom to buy parent’s wireless network

China Telecom is set to buy the 3G network it leases from its parent company

China Telecom is to buy the CDMA network it currently leases from parent company China Telecommunications. With fourth quarter profits up 42 per cent on the back of a tripling of smartphone users, China’s biggest fixed-line carrier is looking to build on that growth by reducing its 3G costs. Last year, the cost of leasing the CDMA network rose by 59 per cent – more than the depreciation of assets and other related costs – to CNY13.3bn ($2bn).

China Mobile says Apple will support TD-LTE

China Mobile says Steve Jobs is "very interested" in TD-LTE

China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou has said that Steve Jobs is “very interested” in developing an iPhone based on China mobile’s TD-LTE standard.

China Unicom announces ‘Wophone’ OS

China Unicom says the launch of its new cellular OS is "imminent"

China Unicom has announced the development of its own smartphone operating system built on a Linux core. The ‘Wophone’ OS, which reports claim will not be based on Android, will run on a new brand of devices which, it is hoped, will help China Unicom expand its handset offering in order to grow demand for its 3G services.

China Unicom profits to fall by more than half

China Unicom has warned that its profits will fall by more than 50 per cent

China Unicom has announced that its full year profits for 2010 are likely to be less than half what the company reported for 2009. The news came days after it was revealed that the Chinese carrier is to deepen its equity relationship with Telefónica, with the Spanish incumbent investing €500m to take its stake in Unicom to 9.7 per cent.

Telefónica and China Unicom deepen relationship

The two firms invested a further $500m in one another's stock

Spanish incumbent operator Telefónica and China Unicom have announced that they are to deepen a relationship that was formalised in September 2009. Each will invest a further $500m in the other, taking Telefónica’s stake in Unicom to 9.7 per cent, and the Chinese carrier’s shareholding in Telefónica to 1.37 per cent.