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.

Speed comes at a price for Chinese carriers

Chinese mobile subscribers are notoriously frugal and will be reluctant to pay a high price to upgrade to 4G services. Photo: Reuters

Faster isn’t necessarily better for China’s telecom carriers as they prepare to roll out high-speed 4G mobile-phone networks at the expense of their profitability for years to come.

Wednesday, 30 October, 2013, 2:23am 2 comments

China Mobile 4G costs depress profit

China Mobile Chief executive Li Yue. Photo: Dickson Lee

China Mobile, the world's largest telephone company, posted an 8.8 per cent profit decline - the most since 1999 - in the third quarter as costs to build its new fourth-generation network increased.

22 Oct 2013 - 3:28am

China Mobile investors jittery over Apple deal

Apple is close to agreeing a distribution deal with China Mobile. Photo: Bloomberg

Options traders pushed the cost of hedging against declines in shares of China Mobile to an almost two-year high, concerned an expected agreement to sell Apple's iPhone may hurt profit.

24 Sep 2013 - 3:23am

Apple may offer China cheaper iPhones to muscle in on mobile market

Apple may offer China cheaper iPhones to muscle in on mobile market

Apple is accustomed to dictating terms to carriers for its iPhone. But as it seeks a deal with China Mobile to sell the handsets, it is the network operator that is in command.

After being surpassed in the world's largest smartphone market by Samsung Electronics and five Chinese firms, Apple needs an agreement with the carrier.

6 Sep 2013 - 11:12am

China Mobile gears up for 4G network expansion

Apple's hopes to link up with China Mobile may be boosted.

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator by subscribers, has apparently kicked off its 4G network expansion by awarding the bulk of contracts to Huawei Technologies and ZTE, the mainland's two biggest telecommunications equipment manufacturers.

24 Aug 2013 - 3:36am

4G TD-LTE's National Day arrival: cause for celebration?

The stars may finally be aligning for a long-awaited deal between Apple Inc and China Mobile Ltd, the world's biggest mobile carrier, that could help the iPhone maker claw back lost ground in its most important growth market. Photo: Reuters

Mobile telecoms fans who have been waiting for years for China to issue 4G mobile licenses may finally have reason to celebrate, amid the latest media reports that say licenses will finally be awarded around the upcoming Oct 1 National Day holiday.

21 Aug 2013 - 10:32am

Top China Mobile man detained in Guangdong

Guangdong is one of the most profitable regions for China Mobile.

Xu Long, general manager of China Mobile's Guangdong operations, has been held by provincial disciplinary authorities over alleged serious violation of party discipline, China News Services reported yesterday, citing the anti-graft body.

20 Aug 2013 - 3:43am

China Mobile pins hopes on data services and 4G

China Mobile had 740.15 million subscribers in June, representing 62.8 per cent of the mainland's mobile-phone market. Photo: Bloomberg

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator by subscribers, said yesterday that it is facing "unprecedented" challenges as the telecommunications industry adapts to the impact of the so-called over-the-top (OTT) services.

16 Aug 2013 - 3:40am

New iPhone, 4G technology may mean Apple, China Mobile tie-up closer

Apple boss Tim Cook met with China Mobile in Beijing last month, prompting speculation that a deal could be edging closer. Photo: Reuters

The stars may finally be aligning for a long-awaited deal between Apple and China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile carrier, that could help the iPhone maker claw back lost ground in its most important growth market.

Apple is expected to unveil its redesigned iPhone next month and may also release a cheaper, emerging market smartphone.

15 Aug 2013 - 8:57am

Spotlight on China Mobile's 3G subscriber gains, 4G expansion plans

China Mobile led the strong growth in 3G users on the mainland, with subscriber number hitting 137.88 million in June. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator by subscribers, is expected to show modest gains when its financial results for the six months to June are released on Thursday.

12 Aug 2013 - 4:05am

Apple chief meets China Mobile chairman

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Photo: Reuters

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua on Tuesday, in what is seen as a significant step for the technology giant to boost iPhone sales in China.

1 Aug 2013 - 5:46am

China Mobile eyes Pakistan expansion

China Mobile's latest Pakistan move looks like a continuation of China Mobile's confused global expansion policy. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile's potential bid for a Pakistan telco reflects a its new leaders' continuation of a muddled global expansion policy from the past

26 Jun 2013 - 5:05pm

Jego suspension: China Mobile's latest mixed signal

China Mobile Chairman and CEO Wang Jianzhou. Photo: SCMP

China Mobile's reversal on its new Jego service is its latest mixed signal on a key strategic issue, reflecting dysfunction within the company

24 Jun 2013 - 11:42am

Telefonica-Unicom: is a divorce imminent?

Telefonica could soon sell its remaining stake in China Unicom, ending an unsuccessful relationship that benefited neither side

29 May 2013 - 1:03pm

Audit office finds flaws at 13 big state firms

China Mobile, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and 10 other big state-owned firms have been accused by the National Audit Office of various management and accounting irregularities and failure to implement government policies.

11 May 2013 - 4:39am