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Motorola has announced that it has signed a one-year frame agreement with China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) to provide wireless equipment and services. The frame agreement’s projected shipment and services value is estimated to be USD310 million. Under the deal Motorola will supply GSM/GPRS/EDGE infrastructure and related services in various markets already served by its radio infrastructure equipment. The kit will be used by China Mobile to provide voice and data capacity and will ensure interoperability between the cellco’s GSM and TD-SCDMA networks. ‘Motorola has worked with China Mobile for more than 20 years,’ said Dr. Mohammad Akhtar, vice president and general manager of Home and Networks Mobility, Motorola China. ‘As a long-term strategic partner of China Mobile, Motorola is proud to continue being a part of its growth. Motorola has always been an innovator and pioneer in the mobile telecoms industry. With the comprehensive end-to-end portfolio that covers 2G, 3G and LTE, Motorola stands ready to support China Mobile in building a state-of-the-art network that maximises investments and delivers the most appealing communications experiences to its end users at home and on-the-go.’
Vodafone, China Mobile and Verizon Wireless are capable of creating an “unbeatable” alliance through better collaboration, according to Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao. In an interview with the Financial Times, Colao said greater co-operation could provide customers with a better user experience and provide the companies with savings when buying mobile phones and other telecoms equipment. Vodafone owns a 3.2 percent stake in China Mobile, and Colao said he was seeking “stronger and tighter co-operation” between the two companies. Last year, Vodafone, China Mobile and Verizon Wireless, said they would work together on LTE. “If these three companies could work more closely… in the management of customers, procurement and service creation, we could be unbeatable, quite frankly,” Colao said.
Hong Kong-based cellco SmarTone-Vodafone on Wednesday switched on an upgrade to its HSPA (HSDPA/HSUPA) mobile broadband network, boosting maximum upload speeds from 2Mbps to 5.76Mbps; the network already supported peak downloads of 14.4Mbps. In its press release, the company said the upgraded service is being provided to existing and new customers free of charge. SmarTone followed up the announcement yesterday with a statement revealing a plan to implement ‘4G’ Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, through the reuse of its existing spectrum, after its failure to win 2.5GHz-2.7GHz spectrum in Hong Kong’s broadband wireless access (BWA) auction. As previously reported in CommsUpdate, the company’s domestic rivals Hutchison (3), PCCW, CSL and China Mobile (Peoples) all won concessions. SmarTone said it ceased to continue with the BWA spectrum auction when the asking price ‘exceeded the cost difference between implementing LTE with new spectrum and implementing LTE on existing spectrum.’ The operator recently announced a pilot of multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology for maximising performance and bandwidth as part of its upgrade path to higher speeds and greater capacity with both HSPA+ and LTE platforms. HSPA+ can provide speeds of up to 80Mbps while LTE will further increase peak rates to 160Mbps. According to the statement, customers will also benefit from superior in-building coverage through implementation of LTE at the lower frequency spectrum.
China’s three 3G mobile licensees will invest a total of RMB400 billion (USD58.5 billion) over the next three years in building out their networks, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced today in a statement quoted by Reuters. According to a previous government statement issued in December, the three cellcos – China Mobile (licensed for the homegrown TD-SCDMA technology standard), China Unicom (W-CDMA licence) and China Telecom (CDMA2000-based concession) – are expected to invest USD41 billion in third-generation networks in the next two years, including up to USD29 billion in 2009. China Mobile earlier this month announced a 3G CAPEX of USD8.6 billion in 2009, whilst according to the Ministry’s latest statement, China Unicom and China Telecom will each spend around half the larger cellco’s total, USD4.4 billion, on 3G development this year. This amounts to an annual total CAPEX of USD17.4 billion, significantly less than the previous reported estimate of USD29 billion.
China Mobile is reported to be nearing a launch of a smartphone based on the Google backed, Android operating system – a source close the matter told the South China Morning Post. The handset, codenamed the OPhone will also run on China Mobile’s new TD-SCDMA 3G network.China Mobile has been known to be working on an Android based smartphone for some time – but reportedly was having problems developing a Chinese language version of the Operating System.The new handset is anticipated to be launched within the next three months.
Lenovo Mobile is claimed to be the handset vendor – said the source who requested anonymity ahead of the product’s official release, although previous reports had suggested that several companies are working on Android based phones for the mobile operator.The company has also been rumoured to be working on its own in-house developed OS platform for 3G phones.
China assigned third-generation mobile phone licenses Wednesday to three carriers in a long-awaited step that is expected to prompt $41 billion in spending on new equipment.
Licenses were granted to China Mobile Ltd., China Unicom Ltd. and China Telecom Corp., the Ministry of Indutry and Information Technology said. Third-generation, or 3G, technology supports Web surfing, wireless video and other services and the start of service is expected to spur new revenue growth.
The awarding of licenses was delayed while China’s government developed its own technology to compete with two global 3G standards.
The Chinese-developed standard, TD-SCDMA, was assigned to China Mobile, the world’s biggest phone carrier by subscribers. That appeared to be an effort to make sure the new system has the financial and technical backing to succeed.
The two global standards, WCDMA and CDMA-2000, were assigned to China Unicom and China Telecom, respectively.
According to AIKresearch’s databse, China has 650 million mobile phone accounts, and Chinese carriers are expected to spend 280 billion yuan ($41 billion) on new equipment.
Such sales will be important to global suppliers Motorola Inc., Alcatel-Lucent SA, Nokia-Siemens Networks and Ericsson AB as demand elsewhere slumps. But they face competition from fledgling Chinese producers.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology today confirmed that the country will issue 3G mobile licences by the end of 2008 or early next year. Minister Li Yizhong said at a media briefing that China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom have prepared well for 3G licensing. ‘After the proper procedures, we will grant the 3G licences by the end of this year or early next year, as promised.’ Li estimates that network investment of the three major Chinese telecom operators will amount to over RMB200 billion (USD29.19 billion), which will stimulate China’s economy and help to fend off the financial crisis.
China’s 3G licensing has been delayed as a result of the government’s support for China’s home-grown 3G mobile telecommunications standard TD-SCDMA. It is believed that this standard still needs some more time to compete with rival technologies. Last year China Mobile rolled out a pre-commercial TD-SCDMA network in eight cities, which provided 3G services during the Beijing Olympic Games. Li confirmed that China Mobile will be granted a TD-SCDMA licence, while China Telecom and China Unicom will get licences based on CDMA2000 and W-CDMA standards respectively.