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China to speed up broadband rollouts

China is aiming for 250mn broadband users by 2015

China’s Ministry of Industry and IT (MIIT) plans to accelerate the development of broadband access in the country in order to bolster its economic and social development, according to a statement on the ministry’s website.

VimpelCom transfers 1,300 staff to Huawei

Russian operator group VimpelCom has signed a managed services deal with Huawei

Russian operator VimpelCom will transfer 1,300 staff to Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei, as part of a five-year managed services deal.

China Mobile under pressure from OTT and increased competition

China now faces challenges familiar to more developed markets

The world’s largest mobile operator, China Mobile, has reported first half net profit of $9.76bn on operating revenues of $41.86bn. But in a statement the firm said that competition in the Chinese market – from peers as well as internet players – is intensifying. The growth potential in “traditional telecoms services” is shrinking in China, it said.

Samsung partner accused of exploiting child labour

Samsung's flagship Android device, the Galaxy SIII

A US-based campaign group, China Labor Watch, has alleged that a key supplier to leading handset vendor Samsung is using child labour in its factory. HEG Electronics is described by CLW as “an important partner” to Samsung, working on the production of a range of consumer electronics products, including monbile phones and DVD players.

Nokia worries deepen ahead of quarterly results

Noki

Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia will shut down two of its four regional sales offices in China as part of its restructuring plans. The news comes in the same week that the firm has slashed the price of its flagship Lumia handset, and the news does not bode well for the company’s 2Q12 earnings announcement, due to be held on Thursday.

China Telecom teams with Alcatel-Lucent for broadband expansion

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

Alcatel-Lucent, the France headquartered telecoms vendor, has been chosen by China Telecom to significantly expand the Chinese company’s broadband network in a deal worth US$123.95m.

Russia escapes broadband crunch as others falter

Russia has bucked the trend

While many markets around the world have seen lower than expected growth over the past three years in terms of broadband adoption, Russia has bucked the trend by posting big growth figures, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

Huawei blocked from Australian NBN bid

Huawei's involvement in the NBN project has been blocked

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei was told not to bid for any contracts relating to the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) project, it has emerged. Local news agencies have reported that Huawei learned before Christmas last year that any efforts it made to win NBN contracts would be unsuccessful. The reports suggest that government concerns over security lie at the heart of the decision.

US denies Huawei bid due to fears over national security

Huawei was denied an opportunity to bid for a US government contract

Chinese network vendor Huawei has been refused permission by the US government to bid for a contract to work on the nationwide emergency network. A government spokesperson said that permission was refused due to national security concerns. The firm as now asked the government to elaborate on its reasons.

Baidu launches mobile OS

Chinese search engine Baidu to launch mobile OS

China’s largest search engine provider Baidu has announced that it will launch its own mobile operating system. The platform, which will be called Baidu Yi, is based on Google’s Android OS.

Different Strokes

Alan Hadden, chairman of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association

With the LTE Asia conference imminent, Telecoms.com 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.

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