Archive for the News Clip Category

Xiaomi & Tencent Launches New Budget Smartphone For Just $129

Posted in News Clip on August 1, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

Xiaomi & Tencent Launches New Budget Smartphone For Just $129.

Why China Can’t Make Its Own Mobile OS

Posted in News Clip, Telecoms Policy on March 17, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

Interesting points made by Ji Yongqing, as summarised by Also relevant in the context of the recent overexcitement about a CATR white paper allegedly calling for a battle against Android (which it didn’t…)

via Why China Can’t Make Its Own Mobile OS.


Chinese users want tailored smartphones

Posted in News Clip, Telecoms Policy on May 21, 2012 by thomas4infosoc

Maybe not rocket science, but interesting nonetheless:

Research firm Strategy Analytics this week claimed that handset vendors must offer highly tailored content to enjoy success in China’s smartphone market.

A series of studies by the firm reveal that Chinese smartphone users are just as keen on mobile apps as subscribers in other markets, however simply transferring current offerings to the country won’t be enough to win hearts and minds. Instead, China’s consumers want access to app stores that offer content tailored specifically to their tastes.

via Chinese users want tailored smartphones.

Cambodia to get telecom regulator | Telecom Asia

Posted in News Clip, Telecoms Policy on February 15, 2012 by thomas4infosoc

Cambodia to get telecom regulator | Telecom Asia.

Cambodia looks set to receive its first dedicated telecom regulator, with authority over spectrum and pricing issues.
The nation’s prime minister has approved a draft decree ordering the formation of the Cambodia Telecom Regulator (CTR), the Phnomh Penh Post reported.

Turkey Backs off Tighter Internet Controls – Information Policy

Posted in Internet World, News Clip on August 18, 2011 by thomas4infosoc





Sitting in China, one easily forgets about other area’s internet troubles, let’s take Turkey for example:

Turkey Backs off Tighter Internet Controls – Information Policy.


No major LTE rollouts until 2014

Posted in News Clip, Telecoms Policy on July 21, 2011 by thomas4infosoc

No major LTE rollouts until 2014: China | Telecom Asia.

The new brooms brush slowly:

China’s telecom ministry has stated that large-scale commercial deployment of LTE in the country will take between 3- 5 years.
This is the first time the ministry of industry and information technology (MIIT) has provided an official timeline for the country’s move to LTE.

China Telecom president and COO steps down

Posted in News Clip, Telecoms Policy on July 21, 2011 by thomas4infosoc
China Telecom said its president and chief operating officer, Shang Bin, resigned Wednesday to become a vice minister at China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Shang, a senior economist, joined the Hong Kong-listed arm from China Unicom in 2008 as part of the telecom industry restructure. A spokesman at China Telecom said the company “will study and decide on the issue of replacement [for Shang] in due course.”

Rival China Mobile announced late June that Xi Guohua, the vice minister at MIIT, has taken up the position of vice chairman and secretary of the Communist Party committee at the mobile carrier’s parent company, China Mobile Communications Ltd. China Mobile Wang Jianzhou remains chairman of the parent company but has stepped down as secretary of the Communist Party committee.

 The MIIT also confirmed the appointment of Shang and the resignation of Xi as vice minister.
In late May, mainland news wire Caijing cited a source as saying that Xi would soon leave his position to become chairman of China Mobile, and Shang would be named an MIIT vice minister. It also reported that China Telecom chairman Wang Xiaochu will become the governor of China’s Yunnan province, to be replaced by current China Unicom chairman Chang Xiaobing.
China Telecom spokesman said the news report about Wang’s appointment “is unfounded and the company has not received any notice in this connection.”

via China Telecom president and COO steps down | Telecom Asia.

Chinese Authorities Repeal Domestic Preference in IT Procurement

Posted in Business and Economics, e-commerce, News Clip on July 15, 2011 by thomas4infosoc

China’s Ministry of Finance and other government agencies recently abolished the national government’s procurement policy giving priority to “indigenous innovation” products. He Hongfeng, a professor at the Nankai University School of Law, said that the United States government and European governments had pressured the Chinese government to do so, claiming discrimination against overseas companies.

via Chinese Authorities Repeal Domestic Preference in IT Procurement | Marbridge Consulting – China Hardware & Software News and Market Research.

Gmail issues surface

Posted in etctetera, Information Security, Internet World, News Clip on March 15, 2011 by thomas4infosoc

Gmail issues surface in China as LinkedIn admits to Great Firewall uncertainty | Asian Correspondent.

The thing is: everything is crawling these days: the streets are jammed rather with security guards than with cars, the internet is jammed with people surveying it rather than those who want or even need to use it. Functionality seems to stand in line behind paranoia once more. As many corporate or also government mail systems are not reliable, bringing Gmail to its knees does not only affect private users, but is actually detrimental to all those who use it instead of their office account because of the usually much higher reliability and security standards.

OECD: Egypt’s Shutdown Of Net Was Costly

Posted in Internet World, News Clip on March 3, 2011 by thomas4infosoc

This is what I just saw at TechDailyDose:

Preliminary figures released Thursday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that Egypt’s decision to block Internet services for five days cost the country an estimated $90 million. The OECD said the blocked telecommunications and Internet services accounted for about 3 percent to 4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, which accounted for about $18 million a day.

What’s interesting about this is:

that figure is terrifyingly low. Can it really be that cutting a whole nation off from electronic communications networks only affects the companies so marginally? I think this calls for a decent modelling approach by serious economists and business people. They together should not just calculate the sales lost in e-commerce and other direct transactions (it is possible that this is how the figures came about). A typical company of medium size depends in many respects on IP traffic of all sorts: you cannot control your work stream, you do not have access to many of your data (because some may be stored in cloud services, others just in off-site data centers), you cannot make an offer to a customer because you do not have a website where to check the current exchange rate or your banking swift code, many people probably could not even make a phone call, as so many voice services also require the use of the very IP networks that have been kill-switched (or whatever the special term for network lunacy is). I can only personally judge from what happened when the sea quake ripped the undersea cable off Taiwan to shreds: mainland China and Hongkong was playing Sudoku (the newspaper version, apparently, not the online version) for weeks around Christmas 2006 (or was it 2005?).

If cutting off a country from the communications networks comes so cheap, I suggest to do it once a week, because it’s really good for family life!

OECD: Egypt’s Shutdown Of Net Was Costly – Tech Daily Dose.