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China is now the largest mobile economy by numbers of users despite a slow start – it only rolled out 3G from 2008 and 3G penetration remains fairly low. The country restructured its telecoms operators to create three fixed/wireless carriers and this change has stimulated growth along with the much delayed auctions of 3G spectrum. China Mobile is the market leader but in 3G, is seeing its lead squeezed by its rivals, partly because it was forced to use the home-grown technology, TD-SCDMA, which has limited ecosystem. The second player is China Unicom, which uses W-CDMA and is forming partnerships with operators outside China, such as Telefonica. China Mobile is also outward looking and forming strategic alliances, notably with Vodafone and Verizon, which will help spur its plans to move quickly to the TD-LTE standard for 4G services. The third cellco is China Telecom, which focuses on the CDMA platform. China is also becoming a key country on the vendor side, with Huawei challenging Ericsson for leadership of the infrastructure business and ZTE growing rapidly in handsets. These suppliers are helping China in its goal of becoming more self-sufficient in technology and patents.

Huawei calls on vendors to take security seriously

28 May, 2013

Chinese firm's chief security officer says customers must be able to trace every component and partner in the supply chain

Alibaba revives its Google-free Android OS

17 April, 2013

Renames its platform Amos and announces five partners, targeting growing market of low cost Chinese suppliers

Qualcomm gains Chinese share with reference design

4 April, 2013

QRD program now has 40 customers, mainly in China, and powers over 170 commercial devices

Lenovo may set up its own chip unit

3 April, 2013

Chinese vendor aims to expand in smartphones, with an NEC acquisition and homegrown processors among the options

Competition squeezes China Mobile's profit

15 March, 2013

World's largest cellco sees declining profit growth in 2012, and its lowest revenue rise for three years

China could get 4G licences this year

8 March, 2013

Government looks set to accelerate LTE pace and step up support for commercial roll-outs from late 2013

Chinese government slams Google's Android control

6 March, 2013

China is too dependent on the OS, says new report, and Google discriminates against local developers

ALU and China Mobile unveil TD-LTE lightRadio

28 February, 2013

Compact remote radio unit with active antennas will provide coverage and capacity in busy locations in 13 cities

China set to open doors to MVNOs

28 January, 2013

Electronics retailer Suning first to express interest in virtual licence, but telcos may be more hostile to web giants like Tencent

China Mobile chief calls for homegrown platforms

23 January, 2013

The country's companies must develop mobile operating systems rather than relying on Android, says Wang Jainzhou