Huawei deploys 3.5G network in Middle East
Huawei Technologies, the mainland's leading telecommunications equipment maker, has completed deployment of what it claims is the largest High-Speed Packet Access - or 3.5G - cellular network in the Middle East and North Africa region for operator Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat). Financial terms were not given.
The project involved installation of 689 new cell sites this year, covering 97 per cent of the populated areas of the United Arab Emirates, according to Etisalat. Its Huawei-built 3G network now comprises 1,100 cell sites. Its 3.5G service provides high-speed internet access surpassing two megabits per second over a mobile phone. Bien Perez
China United picks network technology from Alcatel-Lucent
China United Telecommunications, the mainland's No2 mobile phone network operator, has selected technology from Paris-based networking systems supplier Alcatel-Lucent to expand its nationwide infrastructure.
The network rollout, based on Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 service router, will encompass 65 cities across 13 provinces. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The project was secured through Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's flagship company in the mainland and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Bien Perez
Lenovo to offer advanced wireless access for laptops
Lenovo Group, the world's third-largest personal computer maker, will license an advanced wireless program from French firm Avanquest Software for bundling on its Bluetooth-enabled laptop computers.
Avanquest's Mobile PhoneTools enables any compatible Bluetooth cellular phone to function as a modem when connected with Lenovo's notebook PC, making wide-area high-speed internet connection possible without the need for a PCMCIA card or a Wi-fi hotspot.
The PC-cellular synchronisation package will be initially offered with each Lenovo line of Bluetooth-equipped notebook computers in the mainland. Bien Perez
Baidu signs up Rock Music for online music service
Mainland internet search provider Baidu.com and Rock Music Group (RMG), an independent Chinese-language record label, last week formed a partnership for an advertising-supported online music streaming service.
The deal calls for a selection of Chinese-language music from RMG's repertoire to be made legally available for streaming at no charge to all users of Baidu. The two companies will share revenue generated from advertising. Financial terms were not given.
'Advertising-supported music provides more listening options for users and gives online advertisers a powerful marketing platform,' Baidu chairman and chief executive Robin Li said. Bien Perez
Asia Netcom seals network deal with China Entercom
Submarine cable system operator Asia Netcom has bolstered its service capabilities in the mainland under an interconnection deal with China Enterprise Netcom Corp (China Entercom), a value-added telecommunication services and integrated IT solutions provider and subsidiary of China International Trust & Investment Corp.
Asia Netcom and China Entercom have interconnected their respective multi-protocol label switching systems to support corporate customers deploying internet protocol virtual private networks.
'This agreement will ... allow corporations inside China to connect to the rest of Asia and beyond over our regional infrastructure,' said Asia Netcom vice-president and country manager for China Lily Zhang. Bien Perez