China Wireless News
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.
The ecosystem is building for the TDD flavor of LTE, but is still being heavily driven by China Mobile's very particular requirements. Despite the home advantage that may give Huawei and ZTE, Ericsson ...
- TD-LTE: A $91bn opportunity for carriers
- ALU and China Mobile unveil TD-LTE lightRadio
- Samsung plans handset venture with Reliance?
- China could get 4G licences this year
- Competition squeezes China Mobile's profit
17 April, 2013
Renames its platform Amos and announces five partners, targeting growing market of low cost Chinese suppliers
4 April, 2013
QRD program now has 40 customers, mainly in China, and powers over 170 commercial devices
3 April, 2013
Chinese vendor aims to expand in smartphones, with an NEC acquisition and homegrown processors among the options
15 March, 2013
World's largest cellco sees declining profit growth in 2012, and its lowest revenue rise for three years
8 March, 2013
Government looks set to accelerate LTE pace and step up support for commercial roll-outs from late 2013
6 March, 2013
China is too dependent on the OS, says new report, and Google discriminates against local developers
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- Google promises to address fragmentation - 17 May, 2013
- Wireless lifts Cisco's solid third quarter - 16 May, 2013
- BlackBerry chases market share with two launches - 15 May, 2013