Telecommunications

Huawei to build US$300 million research centre in Brazil

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Staff Writer
Published: 
April 12, 2011
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BEIJING, China

Huawei, one of China’s leading technology companies, announced yesterday that it will invest US$300 million in the construction of a research centre in Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The company has had a presence in Brazil since 1999, with a focus on telephone network segments - technology used in many branches of telecommunications.

The project was announced by Huawei's chairman, Ren Zhengfei, during a meeting with the Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff. The move comes as part of a wider investment plan in Brazil by the Chinese firm, which has also pledged US$50 million for the purchase of computers for Brazilian universities.

Huawei is the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier in China, and second only to Sweedish firm Ericsson worldwide. In 2010, it had global revenues of US$28 billion, and it operates in nearly all of the largest telecom markets around the world. It has persued an extensive investment plan in recent years, opening R&D and training centres extensively thoughout Asia and South America. In addition to the poject in Brazil, it is currently also opening a training centre in Indonesia and an office in Adelaide, Australia.

Tencent files one million yuan lawsuit

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Staff Writer
Published: 
January 28, 2011
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BEIJING, China

Tencent, China's largest online service platform recently filed suit against Bewinner Communictions, a telecommunications service provider based in Beijing. The suit is based around allegations allegations that Bewinner illegally distributed and charged for intallations of Tencent's QQ Dou Dizhu mobile phone card game. Tencent has claimed that in July last year it discovered Bewinner was distributing the game online, and charging users a sum of 4RMB to download. Tencent also claims the game contained several of its trademarks in the game interface, and that it was being advertised as an identical product to that of Tencent.

In the lawsuit, Tencent has demanded that Bewinner ceases and desists from distributing QQ Dou Dizhu, issues a public apology for the sale of the game and pays one million yuan ($152,000) as compensation.  The case was accepted for review at the Fengtai District People's Court in Beijing on Wednesday and is currently in the pre-trial mediation stage. Bewinner has not yet publicly commented on the suit.

Report: Innovation in China

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Staff Writer
Published: 
January 6, 2011
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BEIJING, China

China is currently attempting to shift its economy from a manufacturing base to one that has innovatation as a key source of growth, and this can be perhaps most clearly seen in the government's "National Patent Development Strategy (2011-2020)" which was released in late November of last year. The document includes a number of broad economic objectives, along with more specific targets to be completed by certain dates.

The document, released from the State Intellectual Property Office of China, has outlined a target of 2 million patent filings a year by 2015. This includes both 'utility-model patents,' which are usually based on a particular engineering function, as well as the generally more ambitious 'invention patents'. In 2009, roughly 300,000 of each were filed, so a target of 2 million just 6 years later represents a huge leap. By comparison, patent filings in the US totalled 480,000 in the 12 months ending September, according to the US Patent Office.

All of these new patents have to come from somewhere, however, and the government is rolling out a number of new incentives and strategies to stimulate innovation in certain fields. Many of these involve utilizing China's vast scale to produce results in areas such as consumer electronics and online services at prices that other countries can't match. David Chao, an investor from venture capital firm DCM, said in an interview with Forbes Magazine that "They [Chinese entrepreneurs] are innovative at working on a shoestring budget...in the future anything that has to do with scale will likely come out of China or even India."

This has been seen already with telecom services throughout China; millions of rural workers who are barely part of the formal financial system have mobile phone access at very low cost. Chinese telecom firms have managed to provide this by exploiting vast economies of scale, and by working hard to provide services in small units at a low price, thus opening up markets that would not otherwise have existed. A similar effect can be seen with online computer games. The revenues generated by such games in China are higher than those of internet advertising, and service providers have managed to provide a large audience with a very low cost product, taking advantage of the fact that most gamers in China do not own games consoles, as is the case in other parts of the world.

Nonetheless, there are many challenges that lie ahead for China as it shifts its focus to innovation. One is that China's economic and legal infrastructure is releatively underdeveloped compared to that of other nations, so even if new products and services are created, it may be difficult for them to get the initial financial support and legal protection that they need to flourish. Another is that innovation, particularly original innovation, can cost a great deal of money, so there is a real risk of wastage in China simply in an attempt to reach patent filing quotas.

Technology aimed at China's rural workers

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Staff Writer
Published: 
December 23, 2010
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BEIJING, China

Most farming households in rural China now have mobile phones, but very few have internet access and those that do are often forced to rely on slow, and unpredictable servers. China Mobile, the world's largest telecommunications company, has seen an opportunity in this and has launched Nongxintong - a farming information service aimed at rural areas.

Up until now, farmers gained most of their farming information, such as weather reports and commodity prices, from television and newspapers. China Mobile sensed a gap in the market, and now its Nongxintong service enables farmers to receive up to date information directly to their mobile phones.

 

Nongxintong operates through a web and mobile-based platform. From this, subscribers receive text or audio messages giving advice, warnings, and agricultural market information, all of which is tailored to their requirements. This service is not costly either: the basic service costs around $6 per year, and if monthly billings exceed $2, China Mobile also provides a basic mobile phone free of charge.

 

The service is hoped to be a long term investment for China Mobile. Nongxintong is not yet profitable with only around 20 million subscribers, but the company anticipates that many invidual farmers, as well as larger rural businesses, will adopt the service. China Mobile has stated that it is working closely with a larger number of rural workers in order to develop the most useful, and most financially viable, service for its users.

Alliance forged to boost China's CDMA cell phone industry

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Staff Writer
Published: 
March 8, 2010
BEIJING, China

China Telecom announced on Friday that is has co-launched a CDMA industrial alliance with over 100 other companies involved in cell phone design and providers of software content.

The non-profit alliance, initiated by China Telecom, is between large companies such as Microsoft, Huawei and Samsung, said Yang Xiaowei, chairperson of the alliance, also vice president of the China Telecom Corporation.

3G and mobile internet technolgy is becoming part of everyday life and "to meet these diverse demands, we need a highly concentrated and complementary industry between telecom service providers, chip makers, software platforms, terminal makers, and content providers," said Yang.

The goal of the alliance is to help member companies in design and production of CDMA cell phone cooperate and coordinate industrial resources, said Yang.

CDMA terminal sales in China reached 32 million units in 2009, four times more compared to 2008.

China’s mobile subscriptions soar past 735 million

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Staff Writer
Published: 
February 25, 2010
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BEIJING, China

China's communications companies say they have added a combined 9.827 million new mobile customers in January, ending the month with 735.787 million mobile users.  China Mobile led the charge, adding 5.1 million new customers to bring its customer base to 527.398 million.

China Telecom signed up 3.05 million new mobile subscribers, bringing its total to 59.14 million, while China Unicom added 1.6 million new subscribers to take its total to just over 149 million mobile customers.

China reaches 384 million Internet users

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Staff Writer
Published: 
February 25, 2010
BEIJING, China

The number of Chinese Internet users reached 384 million by the end of 2009, a report from the China Internet Network Information Center said on Friday. This was up 28.9 percent, or 86 million people, compared to twelve months earlier.

Internet surfing on mobile phones reached 233 million, up 120 million and accounted for around 60.8 percent of the total Internet population, mostly due to expanding third-generation (3G) business, said the report.

Lenovo focusses on home mobile Internet market

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Staff Writer
Published: 
March 4, 2010
BEIJING, China

The world's 4th largest personal computer maker, China's Lenovo, said that in an attempt to gain ground into the hot smart-phone market it will focus on developing more products for the mobile internet this year.

After recognising the growing convergence between smart-phones and PCs, Lenovo repurchased a mobile unit it sold less than two years ago to focus the business on its core PC operations.

China Telecom Joins GSM Representative Organisation

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Staff Writer
Published: 
February 18, 2010
China Telecom Joins GSM Representative Organisation
BEIJING, China

China Telecom, KDDI and Verizon Wireless are the latest telecommunications giants to join the organization after committing to deploy services based on Long-Term Evolution (LTE) policies. LTE is seen is the next generation of wireless technology for mobile broadband with peak transfer speeds of up to 100Mbs.

China's Huawei Wins its First 4G Contract

By: 
Staff Writer
Published: 
January 26, 2009
BEIJING, China

China's telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies announced on Thursday that it has won a contract to provide Northern Europe's telecom operator TeliaSonera with a commercial fourth-generation (4G) network in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. This is the first time in history that the China telecom producer got such a contract to build the world's first 4G commercial telecom broadband network in Oslo.