iPhone Gets Slow Start at China Sales Launch

After much anticipation, the launch of the official iPhone in China wasn’t met with the overwhelming demand that has greeted the launch elsewhere, partly because the handset is being sold without key features, like wifi...

Apple’s Stealth China Mobile Plan?

BusinessWeek has more on the iPhone’s long-awaited entry into the China market after Apple announced a deal with China Unicom: Despite ongoing talk about possible tie-up with the mother of all cellular carriers, China...

Apple & China Unicom Rumors: The China Market For The iPhone

CNReviews looks at the challenges confronting Apple as the company prepares the introduce the iPhone to the China market: Apple’s modern design and well-guarded brand image has certainly made an impression on the Chinese...

China 3G Licenses May Spark $41 Billion of Investment

From Bloomberg: China issued licenses for high-speed mobile-phone services today, clearing the way for as much as $41 billion of spending on so-called third-generation networks as the government seeks to bolster the slowing...

China Plans to Issue 3G Licenses as Early as Year-End

From Bloomberg: China said it will issue high-speed mobile-phone licenses as early as this month, which will trigger at least 200 billion yuan ($29 billion) of spending in 2009 as operators upgrade networks to offer faster...

TD Mobile Phone Standard Refuses to Die

China’s TD-SCDMA standard for 3G mobile devices is receiving increased support from the central government. From Ming Shuliang in Caijing Magazine: Supporters of China’s homegrown, third generation (3G) mobile devices...

China’s Mobile Revolution: The Rise of 3G Technology

The Times looks at the role on mobile technologies in helping survivors of the Wenchuan earthquake: The mobile phone came of age in China last month when a devastating earthquake ripped through Sichuan province. Its vital role...

3G Licenses to Follow Restructure

From China Daily: The long-awaited 3G (third generation) licenses will be issued as soon as the current telecom restructuring is complete, the government said on Saturday. In a joint statement issued during the weekend, the...

China to Launch Trial of 3G Phones

From AP: China’s main mobile phone company said Friday it will launch trial service of the homegrown Chinese next-generation standard next week, possibly moving the huge market closer to the long-anticipated rollout of new...

Grand Plan for 4G R&D

From Caijing Magazine : Led by the state council, China is initiating a large-scale research plan for a 4G standard, successful development of which could shape the 4G landscape of China and beyond, as reported in Caijing...

China Telecoms Shares Rise on 3G Talk – Mure Dickie and Justine Lau

From The Financial Times: The shares of Chinese telecoms companies listed in Hong Kong surged yesterday on what the industry’s regulator and a government researcher called speculative reports about the long-awaited introduction of 3G mobile services . While Beijing blamed journalists for misreading its telecoms policy signals, the share moves were a sharp reminder of […]

China Poised to Make the 3G Connection – Mure Dickie

From Financial Times: When many of the biggest names in global telephony gathered in Hong Kong last month for the annual meeting of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union, Chinese regulators had the perfect stage from which to lay out their vision for third generation wireless services. But the ministers attending the first ITU Telecom World […]

China’s Homegrown 3G Technology Passes Government Tests – xinhua

From xinhua via People’s Daily Online: China’s homegrown technology for the third generation mobile communication (3G) has moved a step closer after passing a series of tests organized by the Ministry of Information Industry (MII). An MII report said the base stations and handsets based on TD-SCDMA are all qualified after three years of tests. […]

Who Will be Winners in China’s 3G Industry? – xinhua

From xinhua via People’s Daily: As China is expected to launch the third generation mobile communication (3G) soon, its 3G-related stocks have kept rising in recent days. Experts warned that investors should be cautious and get clear who are the real winners of China’s 3G industry. At the ITU (International Telecom Union) Telecom World 2006 […]

China’s 3G Fever – Vivian Kwok

From Forbes: If there was ever a question that 3G is a hot item in China these days, that was answered by the performance of the latest IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. China Communications Services nearly doubled its offer price on the first day of trading Friday. Underwriters chose an optimal moment for […]

China Netcom Optimistic on 3G Licences – Justine Lau

From Financial Times: Zuo Xunsheng, China Netcom chief, on Tuesday said he expected China to issue third-generation mobile licences as early as the first quarter of 2007. He reiterated that Netcom would definitely receive a 3G licence to expand into mobile telephony. “We will get a licence, perhaps next year’s first quarter,” said Mr Zuo. […]

ZTE Says Chinese 3G Technology Ready – Justine Lau and Mure Dickie

From Financial Times: China’s home-grown “third generation” mobile telephone technology is finally ready for large-scale commercial use, according to ZTE, the country’s second largest telecoms equipment manufacturer. Yin Yimin, ZTE president, told the Financial Times that equipment based on the Beijing-backed standard for 3G telecoms services could now operate comparably with that of the rival […]



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