China Telecom turns its back on low-end market

Wang Xiaochu, chief executive of China Telecom, says competition for the low-end market is intense. Photo: Jonathan Wong

"The competition for the low-end market is intense and we wouldn't like to participate too much in that," company chairman Wang Xiaochu said at China Telecom's annual meeting.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 4:33am

Operators call for review of 3G spectrum plan

Ken Pearson (left) and Phillipa Marks, consultants of Plum Consulting, attend a press conference on 3G spectrum in Hung Hom.

The Hong Kong government has failed to appraise fully the negative impact that its plan to reassign 3G spectrum in use and impose a significant increase in license fees would have on mobile services, say local network firms.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:43am

Hong Kong may become new showcase for China Mobile

China Mobile had more than 720 million subscribers by the end of February and plans to bid for spectrum in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

China Mobile's plan to acquire chunks of existing 3G mobile spectrum in Hong Kong may be part of a bigger goal to make the city a new showcase for the world's largest wireless network operator, according to an industry expert.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:53am

Network suppliers, operators warn of mobile disruption

Hong Kong's big mobile network operators have warned of increased service degradation if they lose part of their 3G spectrum. Photo: Bloomberg

Two of the world's largest telecommunications equipment suppliers have joined local mobile operators in raising the spectre of acute services disruption in Hong Kong if the government seizes and auctions off chunks of 3G spectrum currently in use.

28 Mar 2013 - 6:01am

SmarTone targets 3G sector as fall in roaming business hits profits

SmarTone reported a 'significant' reduction in international mobile roaming traffic, which saw net profits drop 3pc. Photo: Bloomberg

SmarTone Telecommunications, which saw its interim net profit decline by 3 per cent, aims to target more lower-spending 3G network users to offset falling roaming revenue and stiff price competition in Hong Kong's 4G mobile market.

"We're targeting customer segments previously underserved by SmarTone," chief executive Douglas Li said yesterday.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:58am

Government favours splitting 3G spectrum further

Government favours splitting 3G spectrum further

The government has said it favours a "mixed-mode" approach to reassigning the frequency spectrum for 3G mobile service operators, a Legislative Council panel was told yesterday.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:17am

China Mobile 3G stable, weighs Fetion move

A man talks on a mobile phone featuring a Chinese flag near Tiananmen Square in Beijing on November 13, 2012. Photo: AFP

China's 3G market is stabilising in terms of market share, with a more balanced field among the 3 major telcos emerging as Beijing gets set to issue 4G licences.

21 Nov 2012 - 12:15pm

China Unicom stumbles as profit misses forecast

China Unicom stumbles as profit misses forecast

Shares in China Unicom, the nation's No2 mobile operator, had their biggest drop in value in more than three years yesterday after the company's third-quarter profit missed market estimates.

27 Oct 2012 - 3:18am

Unicom steps up 3G expansion after first-half profit jump

China Unicom chairman Chang Xiaobing. Photo: Jonathan Wong

China Unicom, which posted strong first-half gains yesterday, will accelerate expansion of its 3G network across the mainland to meet rising mobile broadband use by new smartphone subscribers.

"Our 3G business will [increasingly] account for a larger share of total revenue," chairman and chief executive Chang Xiaobing said.

24 Aug 2012 - 2:47am

China Telecom profit falls, but shares rise on network deal

China Telecom president and chief operating officer Yang Jie (left) with chairman and chief executive Wang Xiaochu. Photo: Jonathan Wong

China Telecom, the world's largest fixed-line network operator, plans to step up the expansion of its 3G mobile user base after landing a deal to buy the wireless network of its parent company.

23 Aug 2012 - 2:13am

China Unicom bets on cheap smartphones

Facing a slowdown in subscriber growth, China Unicom is set to slash prices on its cheapest smartphones as it continues to expand its high-speed 3G network across the mainland this year.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE looks pretty much like its predecessors, the last three letters - LTE - makes it a whole new animal altogether.

LTE, which stands for Long Term Evolution and refers to the next generation in mobile technology - 4G, is a real game changer.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mobile revolution for China Telecom

China Telecom, the world's largest fixed-line network operator, expects its mobile data revenue to outstrip income from voice traffic this year as more subscribers adopt Apple's iPhone and other 3G smartphones.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

China Mobile in talks with Apple to offer iPhone

China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile phone operator, is in talks with Apple about offering the iPhone to its customers, Chairman Xi Guohua told a shareholders' meeting in Hong Kong yesterday.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

iPhone central to China Telecom's 3G expansion

China Telecom is betting on increased marketing initiatives and sales of Apple's iPhone to help expand its 3G mobile operations despite weak first-quarter net profit.

In a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange yesterday, chairman and chief executive Wang Xiaochu said the company's 3G service 'is entering into a phase of accelerated growth'.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am