A well-reasoned reaction to the rumours about a Chinese telco merger. To add a consideration: A strong China Mobile is necessary to the decision-makers, because you can use it to experiment, as in the case of rolling out challenging technology of patriotic value (such as in the case of 3G). If China Mobile was to be seriously weakened, serious number portability and wholesale competition with virtual operators that can flexibly shop for capacity among network operators would be an easy and cheap measure.
Analysys Mason predicts the technology, media and telecoms trends that will be making an impact over the next 12 months.
Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings | South China Morning PostPosted in e-commerce, Internet World on January 30, 2015 by thomas4infosoc
Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma Yun is set to face a barrage of questions when the e-commerce giant reports quarterly earnings today, spurred by a government regulator’s blistering accusation of widespread fraud and other illegal activities at the company’s popular online shopping platform….
Rumor: China’s MIIT to Issue FDD-LTE Licenses in December | Marbridge Consulting – China Wireless NewsPosted in Uncategorized on November 6, 2014 by thomas4infosoc
Tencent Tech, 11/05/14
According to an industry source, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has begun preparatory work to issue FDD-LTE network operating licenses to China’s telcos, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, new licenses will be announced next month. China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) and China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) have both recently submitted applications to the MIIT to receive FDD commercial licenses.
China Unicom and China Telecom recently received notice from the MIIT requiring the operators to complete their FDD 4G base station construction or upgrades by November.
This new infographic, put together by the Go-Globe team, shows just what a massive business it is. China now has 450 million online video viewers who collectively spend 5.7 billion hours per month watching stuff. There will be an estimated 700 million viewers by 2016.
China’s 3 Telecoms Establish JV Without Sharing Base Stations2014-06-11 by ChinaWirelessNews.com Editor | Print | EmailExecutives from China Telecom and China Mobile confirmed that the three largest Chinese telecom operators will establish a joint venture without sharing base stations.Rumors previously spread on the Internet that China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom would jointly invest to establish a national base station company. After the founding of the company, it would be responsible for the new construction of base stations, towers, and pipelines of the three telecom operators. In the future, it would include the operators’ existing base stations, towers, and pipelines.However, the confirmation from China Telecom and China Mobile to local media squashed those rumors. Wang Xiaochu, chairman of China Telecom, said that the three companies will set up a company to avoid the repeat construction of facilities, which will help them reduce costs. He also revealed that apart from the joint venture, they currently do not have any other resource sharing cooperation plan or intentions. Dong Xin, vice president of China Mobile, also made a similar statement.At present, details about the joint venture, including equity allocation, introduction of private investment, and tower rentals, are still being debated behind closed doors. They reportedly will refer to international tower company agreements to decide the acquisition costs and rental fees of towers. But more details about the dates for the incorporation of the joint venture have not yet been released.