China Mobile

China Mobile Ltd is a state-owned telecom providing mobile voice and multimedia services through a nationwide mobile network. It is listed in New York and Hong Kong and is the world's largest mobile phone operator with about 655 million subscribers as of January 2012.

China telecoms operators see plenty to gain in sharing infrastructure

China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom plan to lease the towers, mobile base stations and transmission assets from a joint venture instead of constructing these facilities on their own. Photo: Reuters

China's three main telecommunications service providers have started talks on setting up a joint venture to allow for infrastructure-sharing, which could lower the cost of developing mobile networks across the country.

Friday, 2 May, 2014, 1:03am

China Mobile's earnings fall 5.9pc, ending 14-year run of profit growth

China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua at the company's results briefing yesterday. He said 4G services should be cheaper than 3G due to technology advancement. Photo: Edward Wong

China Mobile said net profit fell 5.9 per cent to 121.7 billion yuan (HK$153.6 billion) last year due to heavier investments in infrastructure resources. It was the first time in 14 years that profits at the world's largest mobile company by subscribers failed to grow.

21 Mar 2014 - 5:20am

New VAT may drive China's mobile operators to cut costs

The mainland's telecommunications operators may reduce mobile subsidies and increase low-end product offerings. Photo: Reuters

The value-added tax that the mainland's telecommunications companies face later this year might force the three wireless operators to cut expenses, including subsidies promoting smartphone usage, analysts say.

Beijing would use the tax to replace the existing business tax in several service industries, including the telecommunications sector, Premier Li Keqiang reiterated this week.

8 Mar 2014 - 1:01am

China Mobile's 4G expansion drives smartphone supply buildup in China

Top operator China Mobile, which is leading the 4G deployment, aims to provide about 100 million 4G smartphones this year. Photo: EPA

With a massive 4G network expansion under way on the mainland, the market's leading smartphone suppliers and their mobile chip providers are in a rush to keep pace with the rapid deployment in hundreds of cities.

5 Feb 2014 - 6:11am

China's 4G network operators face profit challenge in services expansion

Competition in the mainland's 4G business is likely to intensify later this year when the Big Three speed up their expansion. Photo: Xinhua

Profits at the mainland's three leading telecommunications network operators are expected to be squeezed in the first couple of years of their expansion into 4G mobile services, analysts say.

22 Jan 2014 - 4:28am

Subsidy war likely as iPhone finally comes to China Mobile

Customers view iPhones at a China Mobile shop. Photo: Reuters

Apple's long-awaited launch of its iPhone on China Mobile's vast network yesterday opens the door to the carrier's 763 million subscribers, but doubts have been cast on the longer-term benefits for both parties.

18 Jan 2014 - 1:29am

Apple facing uphill battle in China despite China Mobile deal

Apple's iPhone is promoted in a China Mobile store in Shanghai earlier this week, before its mainland release by the world's largest network operator. Photo: AFP

The world's largest mobile network is ready to offer Apple's iPhone, but while the US technology giant has declared China its biggest future market, it faces an uphill battle to unseat Samsung Electronics and homegrown competitors.

16 Jan 2014 - 9:06am

China Mobile dispute points to regulatory confusion, lawyers say

China Mobile said it would look into a HK$142 million deal between CMHK, its Hong Kong unit, and Ricky Wong Wai-kay's Hong Kong Television Network. Photo: Reuters

The regulatory ambiguities that arise when subsidiaries of state-owned enterprises make deals, especially less strictly supervised overseas ones, have been highlighted by the dispute that has embroiled China Mobile.

9 Jan 2014 - 5:05pm

HKTV feud may end in big payout for Wong

HKTV boss Ricky Wong (right) and the logo of China Mobile (inset). Photo: Felix Wong and SCMP Pictures

China Mobile will have to pay hefty compensation to HKTV boss Ricky Wong Wai-kay to break his deal for the company's Hong Kong online television subsidiary, legal experts warned yesterday.

7 Jan 2014 - 9:23am 6 comments

HKTV deal would require dual China approval, say mainland experts

HKTV deal would require dual China approval, say mainland experts

Under mainland rules, China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), China Mobile Hong Kong's mobile TV arm, would need to report major equity deals to both its central government-owned parent and the state-owned assets regulator for approval, say some experts.

7 Jan 2014 - 4:45am 6 comments

China Mobile launches investigation into HKTV deal

HKTV said its agreement with China Mobile Hong Kong Corporation had "concluded".

China Mobile has launched an investigation into its Hong Kong subsidiary's mobile television deal with Ricky Wong Wai-kay's Hong Kong Television Network, saying it might violate mainland rules.

6 Jan 2014 - 11:12am 8 comments

China Mobile revs up 4G expansion with long-awaited iPhone pact

Following the deal, Apple's new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models will be available for pre-registration on China Mobile's website from tomorrow - Christmas Day. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile expects to get more high-end data users, while helping fuel Apple's sales expansion on the mainland, after the two companies forged a multiyear deal to bring the iPhone to the world's largest mobile network from January 17.

24 Dec 2013 - 4:15am

China Mobile Hong Kong users can sell unused data capacity

China Mobile Hong Kong chairman Tiger Lin at yesterday's launch of the company's new "and!" commercial brand, which will be available on the mainland. Photo: Jonathan Wong

China Mobile Hong Kong has launched a data exchange platform that allows customers to sell extra data capacity to other subscribers.

20 Dec 2013 - 2:58am

China Mobile to splurge on subsidies

Apple is said to be close to a deal with China Mobile. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile, the world's largest phone company, will spend more on subsidies next year as it tries to boost smartphone sales by as much as 42 per cent and lure customers to its new high-speed service.

19 Dec 2013 - 1:38am

China Mobile set for 'aggressive' 4G launch with low tariff rates

China Mobile has been busy promoting 4G in the lead-up to the launch of commercial services expected this month. Photo: Xinhua

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator, is poised to introduce the first commercial 4G services on the mainland later this month and stands to capture more high-paying data users under a potential deal with technology giant Apple.

6 Dec 2013 - 5:09am