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 Mobile gets 4G edge, iPhone coming?

The next iPhone 6 launch date is speculated to be around the end of this year, about the same time China Mobile would launch its 4G service. Photo: Reuters

The latest reports on Beijing's plans to issue 4G mobile licenses look like good news for China Mobile, which could lay the groundwork for China's largest telcoms company to reach a highly anticipated deal to finally offer an Apple iPhone for its network.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 11:29am

Hard-line stance on terms pushes clients away from iPhone maker Apple

China Mobile, the world's biggest telephone company, is among service providers that have not signed an agreement to carry the iPhone. Photo: EPA

Apple is missing out on a chance to court as many as 2.8 billion new smartphone customers, many of them in Asia, as telecommunications service providers balk at conditions imposed by the iPhone maker and drag their heels in signing on as partners.

7 May 2013 - 4:26am

Telecoms firms push links after stake deal collapses

China Mobile's four-year bid to buy 12 per cent of Taiwan's Far EasTone Telecommunications failed but the two companies will keep working together. Photo: Reuters

China Mobile, the mainland's dominant carrier, and Far EasTone Telecommunications, Taiwan's No 3 operator, will share services and sales channels as part of a broad co-operation deal after a strategic stock investment accord collapsed, underlining how much they both need each other.

30 Apr 2013 - 4:55am

China Mobile hit by bad Wi-fi bet

China Mobile complains that Tencent's popular WeChat mobile instant messaging service is hogging up capacity on its network. Photo: Reuters

I was a bit surprised by the latest quarterly results from cellular crybaby China Mobile, which I expected to contain abundant evidence supporting its grievances in an ongoing battle with Internet giant Tencent.

23 Apr 2013 - 10:15am

Earnings slowdown hits China Mobile

China Mobile will boost its capital expenditure by 49 per cent to 190.2 billion yuan this year

China Mobile, the world's largest phone company by subscribers, saw its net profit edge up just 0.3 per cent to 27.88 billion yuan (HK$34.65 billion) in the first quarter, much slower than its 2.7 per cent net profit growth last year. The Hong Kong-listed firm's revenue grew 5.7 per cent to 134.7 billion yuan in the first quarter.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:45am

China Mobile eyes Myanmar

A man uses a China Unicom public telephone in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Dominant Chinese mobile carrier China Mobile (0941.HK) has a well established track record for its inability to do much outside its home market, but that could change soon with word that it's team

5 Apr 2013 - 10:44am

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

China Unicom sides with Tencent over WeChat

Smartphones are displayed at a China Unicom retail shop in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

A new memo that has been reportedly leaked from China's second largest mobile carrier, China Unicom, shows the nation's three telcos may not be nearly as united as many may think in their approach to Tencent's popular WeChat mobile app.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:19am

Outcry after official urges Wechat to charge a fee

Tencent says it doesn't plan to charge money for its killer App Wechat. Photo: Reuters

An official at China’s National Development and Reform Commission apparently created a storm this week after publicly endorsing information technology giant Tencent for charging a fee for its currently free App - Wechat.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:34pm

Hutchison Telecom eyes more mobile spectrum to meet demand

Peter Wong of Hutchison Telecom says he does not want to see operators and the government going to court over 3G plans. Photo: Felix Wong

Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong, which posted solid financial results for last year, plans to marshal its resources to add more mobile spectrum and keep its existing spectrum holdings to meet rising data services requirements.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:35am

Higher costs loom for Hong Kong mobile market with 3G spectrum auction

Douglas Li, chief executive of SmarTone

The mobile communications market will see costs spiral up for both consumers and service providers under the government's plan to seize and auction off chunks of 3G spectrum currently in use, according to SmarTone Telecommunications.

18 Mar 2013 - 2:17am

China Mobile raises capital spending 49pc

China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua speaks at the Island Shangri-La Hotel in Admiralty. Photo: Jonathan Wong

China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator, is facing intense competition from other traditional telecommunications operators, as well as from internet firms that provide voice calls and short messaging services.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:35am

Legco panel to look into 3G spectrum issue

Hong Kong's four leading mobile network operators will discuss the expiry and future of their 3G spectrum licences at a Legislative Council meeting. Photo: Jonathan Wong

SmarTone Telecommunications, CSL, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong and PCCW's HKT are to be invited by the legislative body's panel on information technology and broadcasting to discuss the issue on March 27, according to a Legco document.

14 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

Hong Kong mobile firms oppose any 3G spectrum grab

A position paper drawn up this month by four local operators said the government's plan to seize and auction off chunks of their existing 3G spectrum would benefit China Mobile.

Efforts by Hong Kong's four leading mobile network service providers to renew their 3G spectrum is shaping up to be a battle of wills against China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:21am

4G buzz: who gets what in China

Chinese telecoms officials have been speaking non-stop these last two weeks about 4G mobile networks, making the roll-out of commercial 4G services look almost inevitable as early as the third quarter of this year.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:20am