Vendors focus on TD-LTE for China

Vendors focus on TD-LTE

With equipment spending by Chinese mobile operators estimated to hit $41bn over the next two years, vendors are falling over themselves to accommodate the country’s nascent technology initiatives.

Desperate measures

They say that desperate times call for desperate measures. But the following sentence from a Telekom Austria (TA) financial news release issued this week had the Informer diving for the phone in slow motion, emitting a distorted, bass “Nooooooooooo” as he tried to stop the impending madness:

Fightin’ talk

Yesterday the Informer received an email containing a press release which opened with the following sentence: “Nortel today made two announcements, highlighting its leadership in Carrier VoIP and its continued commitment to its carrier customers.” While its carrier customers across the globe may have rejoiced at these glad tidings, Israeli firm Alvarion probably muttered some blue language under its breath.

China’s 3G wall comes down

China's 3G wall comes down

Huawei and ZTE are the only clear-cut winners to emerge so far. Who are the winners and losers from the award of 3G licences in China last month? As widely expected, China Mobile was granted a TD-SCDMA licence, China Unicom a WCDMA concession, and a CDMA2000 EV-DO licence was awarded to China Telecom. But as [...]

China to launch global satellite system

China is throwing its weight behind homegrown technologies once again, and is planning to have its own global satellite navigation system up and running by 2015. Not to be outdone by the similar aspirations of Europe’s Galileo system and Russia’s Glonass, China aims to have a constellation of about 30 satellites in the sky by [...]

China edges yet closer to licensing 3G

The Chinese government could start issuing 3G mobile licences as early as this week according to local press reports. Years in the making, the government is ready to put into action a master plan that will pave the way for the long awaited introduction of third generation services. This latest development follows a shake up [...]

ZTE unveils HSDPA TD-SCDMA handset

Chinese manufacturer ZTE took the wraps off what it claims is the world’s first HSDPA TD-SCDMA handset on Monday, the U990. This latest device is ZTE’s third unit based on China’s home grown 3G technology, with the earlier units identified as the U980 and U981. However, the U990 is the first to incorporate HSDPA, and [...]

China’s telecom upheaval shakes investors

China’s major reorganisation of the telecoms market has sent shares in all the major operators tumbling, as investors panic about increased competition and marketing expenditure. Years in the making, the government this month put into action a master plan that will pave the way for the long awaited introduction of third generation services. Under the [...]

China shakes up telecoms market

China has revealed plans to shake up the country’s telecoms sector, by reducing the number of state-owned operators to just three. Under the plan, China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, will merge with fixed line carrier China Tietong Telecommunications. China Telecom will take over the CDMA network of China Unicom, [...]

China’s telecoms market opens up to foreign investment

The Chinese government has lifted geographic restrictions on foreign investment and increased the ceiling on asset ownership by overseas companies from 35 per cent to 49 per cent. The opening up of China’s domestic and international basic telecoms service this month, comes under its commitment to the World Trade Organisation, but also comes ahead of [...]