Translation: Sharp Eyes—A Year in Rural Surveillance

Surveillance in Chinese cities is ubiquitous, with highly visible security cameras trained on most every intersection, public space, and building, but over the past decade, it has been seeping into the countryside as well. In an...

Can Huawei Fare Better in Europe?

The New York Times’ Eric Pfanner contrasts the cold reception given to Chinese telecom giant Huawei by U.S. lawmakers with the “warmer welcome” it has found in Europe: Given the typically close cooperation...

Why America Should Allow China’s Oil Investment

As U.S. lawmakers continue to scrutinize potential Chinese investments in North America, including this week’s report asserting that telecom giants Huawei and ZTE could threaten U.S. national security interests, Erica...

Huawei Found to Pose National Security Threat (Updated)

Chinese company Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications manufacturer, has been under the scrutiny of U.S. Congress for potentially posing a national security threat as it tries to expand its business overseas. A...

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’s Telecom Restructuring May Be Under Way

From AP: China’s biggest mobile phone company will take over a smaller fixed-line carrier, a state news agency said Friday, in what was expected to be the start of a sweeping industry restructuring. China Mobile...

China Suspends 265 Value-added Telecom Service Providers –

From China’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII) has suspended operation of 265 cross-regional value-added telecommunication service providers to put the market in order. The ministry said these companies had violated industrial regulations, owed connect fees, delayed operation, changed shareholders without permission and escaped annual inspections. The companies which had violated industrial regulations include Beijing […]

China ‘Ceasefire’ Over Fixed Lines – Mure Dickie

From Financial Times: China’s two fixed-line telephone operators have sealed a deal intended to limit competition and leave each in control of its core markets, according to a company official and local media. The deal between the parent companies of China Telecom and China Netcom highlights contradictions of interest inherent in the country’s state-controlled but […]

Text Message Writers Earn Remarkable Profits – Xinhua

From Chinese mobile phone users’ text-message sending spree during Spring Festival made message writer a lucrative profession in the country. It was estimated by China’s top two telecommunications operators, China Mobile and China Unicom, that Chinese people would send more than 14 billion greeting text messages during the week-long Spring Festival holiday. The figure […]

Hong Kong and China: Days Without Internet and the World is Not Flat – Oiwan Lam

From Global Voices Online: Because of the earthquake in southern sea of Taiwan on 26 of December, 2006, two major internet cables in the Pacific Ocean have been broken. Hong Kong is a major affected areas and many bloggers and internet users are forced to live through a few days without internet at year end. […]

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 […]

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 […]

China’s 3G Mobile Marathon – Brian Bremner

From BusinessWeek: A new homegrown wireless standard, TD-SCDMA, is being rolled out in time for the Beijing Olympics. Will it win gold or create headaches for global players? China has been a holdout in joining the world of next-generation mobile telephony, while consumers in Seoul and Tokyo enjoy blistering network speeds, greater voice capacity, and […]

Cell Phone Users to Register Their Real Names

Wang Jianli, head of the News Department of the Ministry of Information Industry, said regulations on cell phone real name registration will be released within this year, according to a report by East Daily. Current unregistered cell phone users will have to get their phones registered. East Daily also reported earlier this year that Shanghai […]

China Netcom’s Zuo Expects 3G License Issue in 2007 – Janet Ong

From Bloomberg: China’s government may issue its first high-speed wireless license within six months, an executive said, opening up a market with more subscribers than the combined populations of the U.S. and Japan. “We can’t drag on any longer if China expects to provide 3G services by the 2008 Olympics” in Beijing, Zuo Xunsheng, chief […]

China Telecom chooses Cisco as primary supplier – Dow Jones Newswires

From Dow Jones Newswires, via MarketWatch: Cisco Systems (CSCO) said China Telecom selected it as the primary supplier as it expands its business network. The San Jose computer network company said China Telecom will install nearly 400 Cisco 12416 routers as part of the expansion. The network, called CN2, covers nearly 200 cities in mainland […]

SK Telecom invests $1bn in China Unicom-Song Jung-a

From the Financial Times: SK Telecom Co., South Korea’s largest mobile-phone operator, will buy as much as $1 billion of bonds convertible into a 6.7 percent stake in China Unicom Ltd. to tap the world’s biggest wireless market by subscribers. China Unicom, the nation’s No. 2 cell-phone operator, will cooperate with SK Telecom on handsets, […]



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