China Cyber Security Law – Draft coming up

Posted in Information Security on June 30, 2015 by thomas4infosoc

this blog has been thoroughly underused the last couple of months, but let’s grab the opportunity of the draft Cyber Security Law being discussed by the NPC to start using it again:

For background on the bill see the analysis by German based China Think Tank MERICS:

http://www.merics.org/fileadmin/templates/download/china-monitor/China_Monitor_No_20_eng.pdf (Dec. 2014)

Then the official Xinhua news agency statement on the NPC deliberations:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/928704.shtml

Many international (and national) experts and stakeholders are eagerly awaiting the publication of the official draft. This should be up for public comment July 1, so we can expect some intensive analysis and media coverage very soon.

 

China: Telco Merger Looks Intriguing, But Unlikely

Posted in Telecoms Policy on February 25, 2015 by thomas4infosoc

China: Telco Merger Looks Intriguing, But Unlikely.

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.

Top 5 telecom market trends for 2015

Posted in Telecoms Policy on February 17, 2015 by thomas4infosoc

Analysys Mason predicts the technology, media and telecoms trends that will be making an impact over  the next 12 months.

Top 5 telecom market trends for 2015.

Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings | South China Morning Post

Posted 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….

Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates ahead of earnings | South China Morning Post.

Rumor: China’s MIIT to Issue FDD-LTE Licenses in December | Marbridge Consulting – China Wireless News

Posted in Uncategorized on November 6, 2014 by thomas4infosoc

Rumor: China’s MIIT to Issue FDD-LTE Licenses in December | Marbridge Consulting – China Wireless News.

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.

China’s online video viewers watch for 5.7 billion hours monthly

Posted in Internet World, Media in China on July 8, 2014 by thomas4infosoc

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 online video viewers watch for 5.7 billion hours monthly.

Alibaba Group: China’s E-commerce Empire — China Internet Watch

Posted in e-commerce on June 17, 2014 by thomas4infosoc

Alibaba Group: China’s E-commerce Empire — China Internet Watch.

Alibaba Group is the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume (GMV) in 2013, according to the IDC GMV Report.

They operate their ecosystem as a platform for third parties, and they do not engage in direct sales, compete with their merchants or hold inventory.

Read more: http://www.chinainternetwatch.com/7695/alibaba-group/#ixzz34t2h99ww

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