China silences American-style TV talent shows – Behind The Wall

Posted in Media in China on August 1, 2013 by thomas4infosoc

Television singing contests have been curtailed by Chinese censors who claim the country has too many of the American Idol-style shows.

The country’s state broadcasting regulator issued a new policy Friday banning satellite channels from producing any more singing contests.

China silences American-style TV talent shows – Behind The Wall.

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.

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

Network neutrality, the FCC, and the Internet of Things

Posted in Internet World, Telecoms Policy on October 3, 2012 by thomas4infosoc

Network Neutrality, a topic still under-discussed in China and large parts of Asia, but not for long, I would assume:

Network neutrality, the FCC, and the Internet of Things. – Slate Magazine.

Indonesia telecom giant’s bankruptcy stirs fears of legal abuses | Reuters

Posted in Business and Economics, SE Asia, Telecoms Policy on September 21, 2012 by thomas4infosoc

Awesome… Telekomsel, a mobile phone giant with 100 million subscribers, declared bankruptcy over a claim equivalent to just half a million US Dollars…

REFILE-Indonesia telecom giant’s bankruptcy stirs fears of legal abuses | Reuters.