Different Strokes

Alan Hadden, chairman of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association

With the LTE Asia conference imminent, speaks to Alan Hadden, president of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, about the spectrum challenges facing the Asian LTE market. Fragmentation is as much of an issue in Asia Pacific as it is in the rest of the world, with early movers trying to muster support for their competing strategies.

China Telecom taps Alcatel-Lucent for 100G network

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

China Telecom, the largest fixed line broadband provider in China, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its network with 100Gbps capability.

Half of the world’s fibre subscribers in China by 2016

China will lead the way for fibre subscribers and equipment exports by 2016

The fibre broadband market will be dominated by China over the next five years, according to a report from analyst house Ovum. China’s dominance will stem from strong growth in subscriber numbers and from domestic vendor’s healthy exports.

Taiwan to ban Huawei kit

Taiwan follows India and the US in raising concerns over Huawei's links to Chinese security services

Taiwan has become the lastest market to voice concerns over the use of network equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei, with the regulator—the National Communications Commission—ruling that core network kit may not be cleared for use by Taiwanese operators because of national security worries. Huawei has met with similar objections recently in India and the US.

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.

China is Apple’s second largest market for apps

China is Apple's biggest app market after America

China is Apple’s second largest market for apps, after America. App analysis firm Distimo’s latest report reveals that, while the Asian app market is booming, it’s not exactly a gold rush: free applications rule the roost, with paid-for offerings only driving about a third of the revenue they do in the US.

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.

EU and US agree on ICT trade principles

The EU and US have agreed on principles for ICT trade

The EU and US government have shaken hands on an agreement to jointly support and promote ICT trade principles between the two blocs. As part of the agreement, ten principles have been agreed on, with the aim of making it easier for IT businesses in Europe and American to compete for contracts globally.

Nokia Siemens rumoured to be renegotiating Motorola deal

NSN is rumoured to be renegotiating its Motorola acquisition in order to satisfy China's anti-monopoly bureau

Nokia Siemens Networks is rumoured to be seeking a renegotiation the terms of its bid to acquire Motorola’s wireless network assets. The planned deal, valued at $1.2bn, has been moving at a glacial pace since its inception in July last year, thanks largely to the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Bureau’s (MOFCOM) reluctance to approve it.

Timeline slips on NSN-Motorola deal

The sale of Motorola infrastructure assets to NSN has been delayed once again

Nokia Siemens Networks has said that its planned acquisition of Motorola’s wireless infrastructure assets will not now complete in the first quarter of this year, as it had previously predicted. The deal had already been pushed back from the fourth quarter of 2010 and NSN is now offering “no further guidance” on when it may be finalised, stressing only that it remains committed to the acquisition.

EU-China spat brewing over telecoms subsidies

China's government is reportedly ready to hit the ball back into the EU's court over subsidies for telecoms firms

An internally distributed study undertaken by China’s Ministry of Commerce reportedly suggests imminent action against the EU for its subsidisation of major telecoms infrastructure companies.

China Unicom to launch app store in November

China Unicom will officially open its app store in November

An already overcrowded app store market will have to make room for yet another shop front next month as second placed Chinese carrier China Unicom prepares to open the doors to its offering.

iPhone 4 lands in China; demand outweighs supply

Pre-orders of the iPhone 4 hit 200,000 before shops opened on Saturday morning

Apple unleashed the iPhone 4 to the Chinese market over the weekend, prompting huge crowds to gather outside retail stores as pre-ordering was suspended due to demand.

Vodafone exits China Mobile

Vodafone announced the sale of its entire 3.2 per cent interest in China Mobile, for a cash consideration of around £4.3bn

Two of the world’s biggest operators – Vodafone and China Mobile – announced their financial separation on Wednesday, marking the start of Vodafone’s abandonment of its minority investments.

Device vendors target China with 3G Androids

The Sony Ericsson A8i is based on OPhone, a custom Android flavour

China’s homegrown 3G technology, TD-SCDMA, won a little more support this week as device vendors Motorola and Sony Ericsson got behind the platform with a raft of new devices catering to the country’s nascent data services market.

Chinese Android – OPhone 2.0 makes debut

The OPhone 2.0 platform is the latest Chinese version of Android, developed by China Mobile

The OPhone 2.0 platform, the latest Chinese version of Android, developed by China Mobile, made its debut in Beijing this week on the Samsung Oscar I7680.

TD-LTE maturing at speed

The TD-LTE system, and ZTE’s in particular, is fully compliant with 3GPP standards

Chinese vendor ZTE and China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MII) said this week they have completed what they claim is the world’s first S1/X2 interface conformity test for TD-LTE.

China Mobile makes call for TD-SCDMA iPhone

Bill Huang general manager of the China Mobile Research Institute

At the World Expo in Shanghai Monday, Bill Huang general manager of the China Mobile Research Institute, issued a request to Apple to create a TD-SCDMA version of its iPhone so that the world’s largest mobile carrier could offer the game-changing device to its customer base of more than half a billion subscribers.

TD-LTE gathers momentum

TD-LTE is gathering momentum in China

The next generation of China’s homegrown mobile technology, TD-LTE, is gathering momentum among the vendor community, as a public demonstration of the platform starts up at the World Expo in Shanghai.

Festival toilets

The Informer is beginning to feel that, for him, the days of going to music festivals might be over (festival sponsors, please note: this does NOT apply to VIP freebies). But he was taken back to his long-hair days (The Orb, Glastonbury ’93. Amaaaaaazing…) by an email from Orange this morning about a competition that it ran in the UK to suggest the best mobile application for a music festival.