Archive for the Telecoms Policy Category

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.

China’s 3 Telecoms Establish JV Without Sharing Base Stations – ChinaWirelessNews

Posted in Telecoms Policy on June 16, 2014 by thomas4infosoc

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.

via China’s 3 Telecoms Establish JV Without Sharing Base Stations – ChinaWirelessNews.com – Business Intelligence For Telecom & Mobile I.T. Professionals in China.

Beijing gets serious about real-name registration, old numbers no longer exempt

Posted in Telecoms Policy on August 28, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

Beijing gets serious about real-name registration, old numbers no longer exempt.

China’s three major telecom carriers have announced that starting September 1, everyone who uses their services needs to register with their real name and ID number.

Moreover, this no longer just applies to people buying new services; old customers are also required to register their real names if they haven’t already.

Global broadband uptake fuelled by fibre, Point Topic finds | BroadbandWatcher

Posted in Business and Economics, Telecoms Policy on June 27, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

Global broadband uptake fuelled by fibre, Point Topic finds | BroadbandWatcher.

Chinese Law Proposes Real Name Registration for All Phone and Mobile Networks

Posted in Internet World, Telecoms Policy on April 18, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

Chinese Law Proposes Real Name Registration for All Phone and Mobile Networks.

New draft law, new try….

China MNOs close ranks against OTT threat | Telecom Asia

Posted in Telecoms Policy on April 16, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

China MNOs close ranks against OTT threat | Telecom Asia.

Good to hear, Ovum seems to think along the same lines I did about the motivations behind the China OTT battle … (as noted here on Roter Vorhang, in German)

Chinese Operator Saw Losses in Text & Voice Businesses, Worried About WeChat

Posted in Media in China, Telecoms Policy on March 19, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

Chinese Operator Saw Losses in Text & Voice Businesses, Worried About WeChat.

Release the kraken… will the VAS wars begin soon?

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 techinasia.com. 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.

Reforming the Chinese AV Supervision

Posted in Media in China, Telecoms Policy on March 14, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

“Yes, we will completely back the long-term efforts of our manager, he has the unconditional support of the board and the team!”

GAPP Director Denies GAPP and SARFT Merger Plan (3/06/13)

http://www.marbridgeconsulting.com/marbridgedaily/2013-03-06/article/63872/gapp_director_denies_gapp_and_sarft_merger_plan

“We have had intensive discussions and did not see any other way to ensure sustained success for the team in these very difficult times but to part ways with the manager. We have had very good talks with replacement candidates over the last weeks.”

GAPP to Merge with SARFT (3/10/13)

http://www.marbridgeconsulting.com/marbridgedaily/2013-03-11/article/63991/gapp_to_merge_with_sarft