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Huawei to build US$300 million research centre in Brazil

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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.

Chinese telecom supplier ZTE sues Ericsson

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April 12, 2011
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BEIJING, China

Chinese telecom hardware company ZTE announced today that it is suing a division of Swedish giant Ericsson for patent infringement. The Chinese firm has formally begun legal action, citing intellectual property infringement in a number of areas, including "core networks, GSM infrastructure and 4G infrastructure".

This is the latest move in a series of legal disputes between the two manufacturers, who are increasingly finding themselves direct competitors as a result of mutual overseas expansion. According to a report made by Ericsson this month, the Sweedish company has itself filed three European lawsuits against ZTE for patent infringment on mobile phones and network infrastructure.

As part of the suit, ZTE has demanded that "Ericsson immediately cease production of the infringing technology, and that it bear legal liability in accordance with the provision of relevant laws". ZTE also said in a statement regarding the case "[we are] fully committed to developing our its own patent technology and respect reasonable patent requests from other vendors."

Chinese experts demand reforms in anti-spamming laws

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April 12, 2011
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BEIJING, China

Legal experts in China have been quoted in one of the country's state-run newspapers,  China Daily, suggesting reforms are needed to combat the increasing level of spam in China. They highlighted fraud-based spam, and said that in five regions of China, including Shanghai and Guangdong provinces, fraud cost mobile phone users more than 1 billion yuan ($153 million) over the course of 2009.

"We need a long-term and systematic method to curb the spam," said Wang Yongjie, deputy dean of the law school at the University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai.

Currently spam is a major problem in China, and mobile phone users receive, on average,  more than 11 spam text messages every week. The main issue, however, is that much of this is sent legally. Some agencies in Beijing charge a mere 12,000 yuan for assisting companies apply for a legal license as a service provider. The licenses are granted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and enable the companies to send spam messages without fear of prosecution.

The proposed reforms would include greater cooperation between the government and China's three national telecom networks in reporting and following up on complaints regarding spam. Lawyers specialising in privacy laws in China have also also suggested more profound changes, stating that civil laws need to be updated to take into account technological changes which have facilitated the collection and spread of huge volumes of personal information, including phone numbers, addresses and car registrations.

1000 Chinese universities to be linked with next generation internet network

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April 8, 2011
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BEIJING, China

One thousand universities in China will be interconnected in an experimental network as part of the country's efforts to reach the forefront of global web development. According to industry experts, the experimental network, called China Education and Research Network Two (CERNET2), will come into effect later this year and will provide a huge number of IP addresses for internet connection.

"A large-scale test of the next-generation internet has been a focal point in China's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), even though many designs haven't come to realization yet," said Wu Jianping, director of the committee responsible for the CERNET project. CERNET2 uses an addressing system called Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), which is able to provide 340 undecillion - 340 followed by 36 zeros - IP addresses to support future Internet expansion.

Many of China's top institutions will be connected by the scheme, which has to be approved by the Chinese authorities before it can be implememented.

China announces new crackdown on high-tech fraud

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April 8, 2011
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BEIJING, China

China's highest courts, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, have issued new rules to combat high-tech fraud. The new judicial interpretation aims to provide clearer guidelines on what constitues high-tech fraud, and also stipulates penalties for accomplices who assist in the transfer of criminally gained funds, with full awareness of the offense.

Under the new changes, suspects of fraud can be convicted and punished if they send more than 5,000 fraudulent messages or make telephone calls under false pretenses to more than 500 people, even without evidence of specific gains from such scams. People who offer technical services or techniques for fraduent communication could also face conviction as accomplices if they are deemed to have acted knowingly during a fradulent process.

China's courts have seen a large rise in cases of fraud in recent years, helped partly by a huge increase in the number of people using the internet and mobile phones to conduct business. In 2010 China's courts received a total of over 25,000 cases of fraud prosecution and sentenced 32,284 people, a sharp increase from 16,345 cases received in 2005.

Samsung post Chinese revenue growth

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April 7, 2011
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BEIJING, China

Samsung Electronics Co, South Korea's largest electronics company, announced yesterday that its sales revenue from the Chinese market reached $39.6 billion last year, accounting for 29% of the company's global sales volume.

Samsung also stated in the same report that it will focus on smartphones, tablet PCs and 3D televisions in the Chinese market over the coming year.

Wang Jiping, senior analyst from electronics research firm IDC, said that he expects the total number of smartphone shipments to China to increase to 62 million units this year, up from 36 million units in 2010, and sales of tablet PCs to reach 4.3 million units. Despite the promising potential market for Samsung, he also stated that it is "too soon to predict market positions" for individual firms.

Baidu to close its e-commerce platform

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April 1, 2011
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BEIJING, China

 

Baidu Inc, China's largest search engine, announced yesterday that it will shut its online e-commerce store, Youa, and switch existing users to other platforms. The move will be carried out next month and Youa's existing sellers will be migrated to Rakuten China and Yaodian100, Baidu has said in a press release. 

 

The company was quick to quell rumours of Baidu exiting completely exiting e-commerce with a statement made to Reuters which said "This should not be seen as Baidu withdrawing from the e-commerce scene. In fact, we are in research and development on a new e-commerce platform product which will suit users better." 

 

Youa was set up by Baidu to rival Alibaba's giant online retailer Taobao, but Youa has failed to really find its feet, and Taobao remains the overwhelming favourite platform to buy and sell goods online in China. Based on the total value of gross sales, Taobao currently represents more than 70 percent of China's e-commerce market.

Chinese police uncover counterfeit Apple ring

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April 1, 2011
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BEIJING, China

Chinese police announced yesterday that they have uncovered a gang in Shanghai selling fake Apple products, including iPhones, iPads and other electronic products. The products were estimated to have a total value of more than 5 million yuan ($764,000).

According to the economic crime investigation division of Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau, the fake products were produced in China and were indistinguishable from genuine Apple products by sight only. The products however, usually sold for less than 1000 yuan - genuine iPads retail at around five times that amount - and used different operating systems to Apple's own produccts.

Police were tipped off by consumers who said that several electronics retailers in a market in Shanghai had been selling fake products. Police traced the sources of the fake goods and discovered the counterfeit products came from two residents, a brother and sister, both associated with the Shanghai gang.

China report claims Google-associated companies broke tax rules

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March 31, 2011
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BEIJING, China

Authorities in China have found that three companies linked to Google broke tax rules, and have announced that an investigation is underway to establish whether the companies participated in tax avoidance, the Economic Daily reported on Thursday. This looks set to be the latest development in bout of pressure coming from China on the Internet search giant.

Google has since responded to questions about the allegations with a statement that says, "We believe we are, and always have been, in full compliance with Chinese tax law."

According to the report on the case, the companies in question were accused of presenting false and unjustified tax claims to the total value of 40 million yuan ($6 million). The report did not clarify when the claimed violations are alleged to have happened. Google has so far declined to comment whether the accused companies are directly associated with it.

Russian firm joins funding round for Chinese 360buy.com

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Published: 
March 31, 2011
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BEIJING, China

DST, a Russian internet investment group that backed Facebook during early capital raises, has joined a selection of investors that plan to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in 360buy.com, China’s largest online retailer. This is the third round of funding for the Chinese company, and sees bids from other companies, including Walmart.

360buy.com was founded in 2004, and has grown at a rate of over 200% a year, according to the company's reports. It has 15 million registered users in China, and sells goods that include electronics, books, clothing and food.

The latest round of funding is thought by analysts to be a precursor for a public offering in the near future. DST has a track record of major internet investments, and in addition to Facebook, has invested in online music platform Spotify and last year floated its Mail.ru service on the London stock exchange.