China Mobile Profit Rises on Record Gain in Users – Janet Ong

From Bloomberg: China Mobile Ltd., the world’s largest wireless operator by market value, increased fourth- quarter profit 19 percent after cutting prices and expanding into rural areas. Net income rose to 19.9 billion yuan ($2.6 billion) from 16.7 billion yuan a year earlier. Fourth-quarter profit was derived by subtracting nine-month results from full-year earnings reported […]

Wireless Works Wonders in Tibet - Xeni Jardin

From Wired News: Across the border from Chinese-occupied Tibet, the tech infrastructure in this high mountain village is a mess. But a former Silicon Valley dot-commer and members of the underground security group Cult of the Dead Cow are working with local Tibetan exiles to change that using recycled hardware, solar power, open-source software and […]

Temper tantrum – Bruce Einhorn

From BusinessWeek Online: Maybe what we’re seeing now is a case of China’s ambitions for global tech leadership coming up against the regime’s chronic need to control information. Just about anything can be considered a state secret in China. (Here’s a good list of some of the things that are too secret to reveal.) And, […]

Rivals fight to bring mobile e-mail to China – Georgina Voss

From UPI, via M&C Tech (link): They have cell phones by the hundreds of millions. Now the international telecom companies are hoping to bring a mobile e-mail service to the 400 million mobile users in China, 10 million of who are also potential 3G subscribers. The road to mobile services in China has so far […]

China’s New Participatory Citizen Surveillance

From Randomwalks blog (link): China’s Public Ministry of Public Security launches an ID service where mobile phone users can send text messages (SMS) to a government ID database as a way to confirm a person’s identity. 1.) Send SMS with a person’s name and ID card number to ID database 2.) Sender receives an SMS […]

China looks set to establish mobile phone real-name system – China Daily

From Asian Pulse, via China Daily: Experts from China’s Ministry of Information Industry revealed that China is likely to establish real-name system for mobile phone users in December 2005, according to Chen Yuping from the China Academy of Telecommunication Research. It is predicted that more than 100 million mobile phone users in the country, including […]

China tops the world with 376 million mobile phone subscribers – AFP

From AFP, viaYahoo! News: The number of mobile phone subscribers in China reached 376 million at the end of September, state media in Beijing have revealed. At the end of 2004 there were 25.7 mobile phones for every 100 Chinese, which exceeded the world’s average figure, statistics released at the 2005 China Mobile Telecommunications Terminal […]

Eye on China: Mobile internet for masses – anonymous

From The New Zealand Herald: The evolution of China’s internet is one of the biggest business stories of the year, especially after search engine Baidu’s hugely oversubscribed Nasdaq IPO this northern summer. The sector has many classic China features: it has been heavily (and successfully) supported by the Government, the numbers involved are huge and […]

Jonathan Watts: Mini-series for upwardly mobile Chinese

From the Guardian: A media group in China has filmed a soap opera to be broadcast only on mobile phones. Each of the five episodes, about two bikers vying for the love of a beauti ful woman, will last five minutes. There is very little dialogue and a lot of close-ups of characters striking exaggerated […]

Jean Kumagai & Marlowe Hood: China’s Tech Revolution

From Spectrum Online: how technology is driving the country’s economic boom, and what that means for the world. …..China’s growing technological prowess: its 300 million cellphone subscribers”the most in the world”its two national wireless carriers, and the hundreds of domestic and foreign service providers and manufacturers that now vie for a share of its burgeoning […]

Why Beijing Has 3G on Hold

“China has more cellular users than any other nation on earth. More than 300 million Chinese — more than the total number of men, women, and children living in the U.S. — have mobile phones, and that population continues to grow by millions a month. Yet China remains a laggard when it comes to the […]

Gear Sector Eyes China For 3G Nod

From Yahoo! News today:”Mobile phone carriers worldwide are rushing to offer 3G phone service. But the world’s biggest cell phone market, China, is in no rush to join in.”

Mobile use in China climbs 13%

From Ireland online: “The number of mobile phone users in China, already the world’s biggest market, has risen by nearly 13% over the past six months to 305 million. Mobile phone users sent just under 100 billion text messages in the first half of this year, the Xinhua News Agency said. ” The full article […]

China begins policing of mobile text messages (AFP)

“China has issued new regulations on the filtering of mobile phone short text messages in a move that expands its censorship controls over wireless technologies and the Internet, state press said Friday. The “Self-Discipline Standards on Content in Mobile Short Messaging Services” were issued recently and are aimed at weeding out pornographic, fradulent and illicit […]

China to issue high-speed mobile licenses in 2005 (Xinhua)

“China may issue its first licenses for high-speed mobile services next year, to boost competition for current operators China Mobile and China Unicom before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The country may add licenses using so-called third-generation, or 3G systems to squeeze more calls on existing channels and avoid reallocating government or military airwaves, CRIENGLISH.com reported […]

Chinese 3G launch date approaches (BBC)

“China will launch its own next-generation mobile phone service by June 2005, a government official has told a state newspaper. China’s own 3G technnology standard aims to avoid foreign development costs and could be worth billions of dollars in licensing fees to Chinese companies. The new handsets will be compatible with existing 3G networks abroad. […]



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