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First Nokia Oyj experience center First Nokia Oyj experience center(0)

The mobile phone has become a “portable computer” and people will require more software and application services for their handset, such as how to download the latest games or map applications through an online store, according to Grant Perrin, Nokia’s market director for customer service.

Nokia plans to open about 10 such centers on the Chinese mainland to better serve its huge number of users and is set to welcome the kick-off of its online store Ovi on the mainland.

Nokia, the world’s No. 1 mobile phone vendor, has about 40 percent share of the market in China.

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Unicom IPhone Unicom IPhone(0)

Unicom has agreed to buy iPhones from Apple for 3,000 yuan each, the Shanghai Securities News quoted sources as saying.

The mobile firm will guarantee total revenue of at least 5 billion yuan a year for Apple after committing to buy one to two million phones annually.

The deal does not require Unicom to share any of the revenue it generates from mobile-data charges with Apple, reports said.

Merrill Lynch analyst Cynthia Meng believes Unicom will introduce the 16-gigabyte version of the iPhone 3GS in September or October, potentially at an “affordable mid-range” price below 3,000 yuan for customers who commit to a contract.

Unicom could launch the 32-gigabyte version of the iPhone 3GS by the end of the year, she said.

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IPhone soon in China IPhone soon in China(0)

The product eliminates the WiFi function but keeps the support of 3G network, Bluetooth and other popular features, said an anonymous source in Foxconn.

It also said the negotiations between Apple and China Unicom is nearly over and the two firms will announce the details in the next few weeks.

According to experts, China’s ban on the WiFi function in cellphones, the amount of handset subsidy, and Apple’s insistence on running its App Store in China are the major obstacles that are keeping iPhone out of China.

China Unicom hopes that by introducing iPhone, the company could increase its appeal to high-end cellphone users in China and also challenge China Mobile’s top perch.

But experts think iPhones may not pose a threat for China Mobile, as the barring of the WiFi function will keep off many prospective users. They said most of the high-end users in China are still those that mostly use voice services and do not have great interest in 3G services.

The Chinese telecom regulations banned the use of WiFi functions in mobile phones due to fears over IP-telephony and the support for WAPI, a domestic rival for WiFi.

Source : Konaxis

Ericsson chinese telecom operators Ericsson chinese telecom operators(0)

The $1 billion contract with China Mobile includes products and solutions to expand the company’s networks in 18 Chinese provinces while that with China Unicom, valued at $700 million, is for the upgrade of the operator’s GSM networks in 10 provinces and for the provision of GSM/WCDMA networks and wireless access system in 15 provinces.

Generally, the deal is expected to help improve the capacity on older networks based on the second-generation technology as well as to help speed up installation of newer 3G networks.

Mats Olsson, the Stockholm-based equipment vendor’s president for Greater China, told Dow Jones Newswires that the value of the deals is roughly equivalent to Ericsson’s entire sales in the country during 2008, adding that “this reflects the growth we feel in China.”

3G mobile phone business licenses were awarded by the government to Chinese telecom operators around January this year. Foreign equipment manufacturers and suppliers like Ericsson and Alctatel-Lucent (ALU) have since then been fighting for market share in the country, hoping that the high growth in China would compensate for the lower growth on other markets.

Olsson described the composition of Wednesday’s deals as favorable, noting that the Chinese operators have been quick to adopt 3G technology since the licenses were awarded.

Ericsson has already started delivery under the framework agreements, which will run for “a good part” of the remainder of the current year, he added.

Analyst Pierre Ferragu at Bernstein said that with the deal, the equipment maker’s sales in China is expected to grow 12% in 2009, and added that following Wednesday’s agreements “the chances for Ericsson to deliver even better growth in China than what we expect are now very high.”

Ericsson says the two operators have more than 620 million mobile subscribers in China.

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Compass global navigation satellite systems Compass global navigation satellite systems(0)

China aims to make Compass a navigation satellite system of 35 satellites by 2020, which can offer global service, the China Daily reported.

The bureau, which hosted the two-day national geological information industry summit in Beijing, .estimates that the satellite navigation industry can generate 50 billion yuan (US$8 billion) in China by 2010, up from the 12 billion yuan in 2006.

The administrators of the four systems are now in negotiations to make their civilian-use technologies compatible, Hu Gang, vice-president of Beijing BDStar Navigation Co Ltd, said.

“This could possibly allow a civilian user of global navigation satellite system to have access to more than 120 navigation satellites in the future, which will assure stability and improve accuracy,” he said.

China’s global navigation satellite system, Compass, will provide regional service in 2011 with a constellation of 12 satellites, a navigation industry insider was quoted as saying on Thursday.

The 12 satellites that will be part of the Compass program’s first phase will “improve the positioning accuracy of the satellite navigation system greatly”, he said.

Only two Compass satellites have been reportedly launched into orbit so far – one in 2007 and the other in April this year, he said.

Cao Chong, chief engineer of the China Electronics Technology Group Corp, said the car industry and the cell phone industry will be the major players of satellite navigation applications.

“China still has a huge potential for satellite navigation application, as only less than 5 percent of cars have installed navigation devices,” he said.

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Outline of mobile phone novel story is no more than 70 words Outline of mobile phone novel story is no more than 70 words(0)

Mobile phones are considered better than the net as the novel publishing platforms, but the Xiaoshi Qi, president of Wireless Shengda Literature said that the novels specifically created for the mobiles were few, so they used “one word costs a thousand” remuneration to collect novels ideas, which requires a high degree of conciseness, the story outline must be finished within a message (70 words).

According to Qi Xiaoshi, the final 30 story outlines will be elected, and PK in the mobile dream net. The final winners of the 5-10 story outlines can enjoy “one word costs a thousand” standard, and authors who finish the complete story according to the outlines will be shared profits generated. In addition they also invested 80 million yuan to build marketing platform to promote China’s first “mobile phone novelist.”

Huawei forecasts Wimax, CDMA sales upswing Huawei forecasts Wimax, CDMA sales upswing(0)

Increases in sales are expected from Wimax equipment sales overseas and from the 3G networks domestically.

Zhao Ming, Huawei’s head of CDMA and Wimax operations said that Wimax began to take off last year and Huawei expects equipment sales of the wireless broadband technology to double next year to $1 billion.

“This year it will be around $500 million … and next year it should be around $1 billion,” said Zhao, who also believes that sales will continue to grow rapidly in emerging markets where fixed line networks are poorly developed.

Wimax, offers blanket coverage of a city or small geographic area, and is best suited for emerging markets that don’t have a developed fixed-line network as well as rural areas in developed markets where wired broadband service is spotty, say analysts.

The company only had about $150 million in Wimax equipment sales in 2007, but falling prices have made the maturing technology more affordable to millions of users, said Zhao.

“You can now find terminal prices of under $100,” he said.

The price for such hardware — which allows broadband connections in areas that previously had little or no telephony services — was about $1,000 per customer four years ago and as much as $200-$250 last year.

“The growth will come from Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” he said. The technology, however, has limited uses in China, which boasts the world’s largest mobile market with over 600 million subscribers.

Industry sources forecast that Wimax users could grow to 100 million by 2012 from about 3.6 million people worldwide in 2007.

Huawei roughly doubled its market share from a year ago to became the world’s third-largest mobile network gear maker in the first quarter, overtaking Alcatel-Lucent , according to researcher Dell’Oro.

The global telecom equipment market contracted 9 percent in the first quarter of 2009 from a year ago, but China 3G tenders will likely prevent the market from falling further, according to Dell’Oro.

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Android Smartphone in China Android Smartphone in China(0)

The handset, HTC’s Magic smartphone, will use a Chinese-language version of the Android operating system with some modifications to meet the needs of China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier . with more than 500 million subscribers.

The touchscreen phone, to be sold under the Dopod brand in China, will come equipped with China Mobile applications including the firm’s instant messaging client, a mail service and a download platform for songs and pictures, according to the Web site of HTC.

Huawei Technologies, a Chinese telecommunications equipment provider, also previously announced an Android-based phone for China, but its handset is scheduled for sale in the third quarter.

HTC?s previous handsets were based on the Windows Mobile OS but last year offered an Android-based smartphone, the G1 in the U.S.

Phones based on the Open Mobile System OS, a version of Android modified by China Mobile, are also expected in China this year. HTC, Lenovo, Samsung and LG are all developing the handsets, called “OPhones,” according to telecom research firm BDA.

But Lenovo’s handset, originally earmarked for sale as China’s first OPhone this month, may not go to market until the third quarter, said Lei Shi, an analyst at BDA.

China Mobile developed its OS partly to promote the use of its own applications and value-added services, said Shi.

There’s no final word on price yet, but industry experts estimate that HTC’s new China phone will retail for about 5,000 yuan, or about $730.

The OPhones could be HTC?s way to double sales in China this year from 800,000 units last year, according to news reports. Market giant China Mobile may not be the only operator offering the handset. HTC Chief Executive Peter Chou said HTC may also offer Android-based models through China Telecom and China Unicom.

The OPhones will be competing against Apple’s iPhone, which is expected to be offered by China Unicom by the end of the year.

Source : Konaxis

Ku6.com Ku6.com(0)

A few days ago, in Shanghai “3G commercial trial business conference” the Shanghai Unicom announced and demonstrated a wide range of 3G applications, and formed a “value alliance” with Ku6.com and many more companies for the cooperation of customer sharing, joint marketing, innovative products research and development, Internet business and so on.

It is reported that, in preparation for 3G strategy, Ku6.com started building co-operation platform with mobile video license partners, operators, terminal manufacturers and media, including Chinese radio and television station. In addition to co-operation with Shanghai Unicom, Ku6.com networked with carriers in a number of provinces to reach a cooperation.

According to Wang Hongguang, the senior vice president of wireless Ku6.com, disclosed, the Ku6.com is active in 3G license application to the relevant departments. Even though it is still awaiting for approval, Ku6.com has already been in good preparations to enter the 3G mobile video business.

Stiff competition, high 3G CAPEX Stiff competition, high 3G CAPEX(0)

“The introduction of 3G services (in China) will not give the telecom carriers a big boost, as global experiences show that 3G has not been very helpful in driving business growth,” said Wang Jinjin, a telecom industry analyst with UBS.

“The industrial restructuring, in which all of the country’s three telecom companies become full service operators, will only worsen the competition,” said Wang.

Early this year, the three carriers have been awarded their 3G licenses and all announced huge investment plans to build their networks.

China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile phone operator in terms of subscription number, was assigned the license to deploy 3G networks based on TD-SCDMA, a homegrown 3G standard while China Telecom got one for the CDMA2000 standard, two widely adopted standards.

China Unicom, the country’s second biggest mobile carrier, on Sunday (May 17) launched its trial third-generation services in 55 cities based on the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access, or WCDMA technology and aims to expand the trial to a total 284 cities by the end of September, according to media reports.

China Unicom is the last of the country’s three major operators to launch the trial service, the report said.

China Mobile, one of the nation’s three leading mobile operators, is to allot 600 million yuan (88.24 million U.S. dollars) to support the research and development of terminal devices for TD-SCDMA, the domestically-developed 3G standard.

The newly-launched R&D project will focus on the development of a less expensive design of a flagship mobile phone model that supports broadband internet, and whose market price will be under 1,000 yuan, said the company.

3G services are relatively higher than the preceding technologies, which may also keep customers away. According to a survey by www.3g.cn, an industry website, 60 percent of its 15,155 respondents said the current pricing “was too high”.

One bright spot will be the equipment gear makers, including base station and cellphone manufacturers, analysts said.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the telecom regulator, had said earlier that China would spend 280 billion yuan on 3G networks in 2008 and 2009.

Foreign telecom equipment makers’ total share in China’s 3G market may fall below 50 percent, BDA China, a Beijing-based telecom research firm, predicted earlier.

“One thing is for sure: China Mobile’s dominant position is going to be weakened in the next two to three years,” said Chen Jinqiao, deputy chief engineer from China Academy of Telecommunication Research, which is under the MIIT.

“The rollout of 3G services will make China the only major economy where investment in the telecom sector is still growing. It will help Huawei and ZTE a lot,” Chen said.

Source : Konaxis

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