Tech giant Apple reported healthy Q2 earnings, with increased iPhone and Mac sales versus the year-ago quarter. The 35.2 million iPhones sold were a new record for the quarter, up 13% on the same quarter a year ago.
The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.
The cloud platform division of China Unicom signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Software Defined Networking (SDN) innovation with local kit vendor Huawei this week.
China’s main telecoms companies have agreed to establish an infrastructure sharing venture to reduce the cost and optimise the construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finally awarded FDD-based 4G licences to smaller carriers China Telecom and China Unicom. The pair, which trail China Mobile, have both received FDD-LTE licences, giving them the opportunity to deploy more universally compatible FDD-LTE technology.
China has already emerged as the global leader in the adoption of M2M (machine to machine) technology, with over 50 million connections, or more than one quarter of the total M2M market, in 2013.
Infrastructure giant Ericsson forecasts total mobile data traffic growth will increase ten-fold between now and 2019, on the back of smartphone subscription growth that is expected to grow at four times the rate of total mobile subscriptions, and total global LTE subscriptions that are forecasted to grow 13-fold.
China’s three mobile network operators are in talks to set up a joint venture to manage the construction of network towers, the country’s regulator has confirmed.
Chinese operator China Mobile has reported an increase in operating revenue in 1Q14, although profit suffered as the firm struggled with cost control measures in an “increasingly fierce” environment.
China Telecom has deployed software defined network (SDN) technology in a datacentre run by its Beijing subsidiary Beijing Telecom.
The 2nd China Carriers Forum held in Bei Jing, on the 20th March 2014, which is organized by China Genesis Resourcing Consulting China, China Mobile Communication Association and Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance, and sponsored by Neusoft Group and CNLink Networks Limited. The Forum gathered delegates from worldwide carriers, telecommunication equipment, virtual network operator and research institutes to discuss the new development pattern trends of China Telecommunication industry, innovate carriers new business stream and how to overcome the challenges that brought by OTTs etc.
Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed a €750m one-year deal with China Mobile. The vendor will supply the technology for the Chinese operator to move to an all-IP network and enable the deployment of NFV technology on its network and cloud based services.
Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has responded to the US National Security Agency (NSA) following reports over the weekend claiming that the organisation gained access to Huawei’s email servers and source code of Huawei products.
Network infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks has announced two deals in the Asia-Pacific region. It has delivered multi-band carrier aggregation technology to Taiwan Mobile and signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese content and application delivery solutions provider ChinaCache.
Controversial UK-based behavioural advertising company Phorm, which now labels itself an “internet personalisation technology company,” has scored a partnership with China Telecom as a supplier of advertising tools.
European and LatAm operator group Telefónica’s start up incubator Wayra has struck an agreement with Chinese incubator Virtue Inno Valley (VIV) to promote their businesses in each other’s geographic territories.
China Mobile is deploying Voice over LTE (VoLTE) on its commercial TD-LTE network in Guangzhou ahead of a wider nationwide rollout. The company has tapped up local equipment supplier ZTE to deliver the project.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will permit foreign firms to offer services in Shanghai and allow them to take full ownership of their businesses in the country, according to state agency Xinhua.
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.
Kit vendor Alcatel-Lucent has announced two deals to supply access technology for China Telecom and China Mobile’s LTE networks.