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 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.

Friday, 15 March, 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

Hong Kong mobile operators gird for fight against 3G cuts

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

The government, represented by the Communications Authority, is expected to decide on that plan in October, which would be exactly three years before the 3G spectrum licences of CSL, SmarTone Telecommunications, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong and PCCW's HKT are due to expire.

12 Mar 2013 - 6:29am

Keep telecoms firms on long-term deals

China Mobile. Photo: Reuters

Our public officials like to crow that Hong Kong's telecommunications are the most competitive in the world, and they can indeed congratulate themselves on the transition from a stodgy, consumer-gouging monopoly 30 years ago.

But whether the accolade will continue to be deserved is now in question.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:34am 2 comments

ZTE pairs with Intel, Huawei to woo Europe

The new ZTE Grand S Lite pictured during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Photo; Reuters

ZTE and Huawei are making new tactical moves on different fronts, with the former announcing a new tie-up with chip giant Intel as the latter defends its position in the lucrative European market. 

6 Mar 2013 - 10:21am

Nokia bets on affordable smartphones to gain China share

Chris Weber of Nokia with the Lumia 920, shortly to be joined on the mainland by the 720 and 520. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Nokia, once the undisputed leader of the mobile phone industry, aims to regain some ground from its rivals with the release on the mainland next quarter of affordable smartphones.

"We plan to be aggressive there," said Chris Weber, Nokia's executive vice-president for global sales and marketing.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:05am

China Mobile expands commercial 4G

China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua speaks at the Mobile World Congress in Spain. Photo: AP

Dominant wireless carrier China Mobile is turning up its campaign to pressure the telecoms regulator to issue 4G licenses soon, this time through aggressive comments from its chairman at the world's biggest industry event taking place this week in Spain. 

27 Feb 2013 - 2:04pm

China Mobile stabilises, set for growth

The latest numbers show that China Mobile had 38 per cent of the 3G market at the end of January. Photo: Reuters

Based on data and other recent developments, it does indeed look like industry leader China Mobile could finally return to a growth track in the Year of the Snake after years of stagnation

21 Feb 2013 - 9:15am

China Mobile's 4G word games

China Mobile began trialing its 4G service, based on a homegrown standard known as TD-LTE in 2010. Photo: SCMP

The massive bureaucracy of China's telecoms regulator means it often takes ridiculously long periods to approve just about anything, putting China's telecoms market at a major disadvantage to global peers.

5 Feb 2013 - 3:36pm

SMS at start of long decline for China telcos

The number of SMS messages sent by Chinese mobile users rose a scant 2 per cent last year. Photo: AFP

New government data on mobile text messaging, also known as SMS, is underscoring how this former cash cow for China's telcos is quickly losing its audience.

29 Jan 2013 - 10:40am

Mainland 4G mobile network trial to expand this year, says MIIT

The mainland is to expand its two-year-old 4G network trial.

Telecommunications giant China Mobile could firm up its standing as the world's largest 4G network operator, as the central government pushes for an expanded trial this year of the high-speed wireless system.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:58am

Apple's Tim Cook says China will overtake the US as its biggest market

Tim Cook hopes to launch new Apple products in China first.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said China would overtake the United States to become its largest market, as the iPhone-maker adds more stores and considers debuting new products in the country.

"I believe it will become our first," Cook said in an interview with Xinhua on Thursday. No timeframe was given for the prediction.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

China Mobile muscles Tencent into revenue sharing talks

A billboard of Tencent's popular mobile instant messaging service WeChat, better known by its Chinese name Weixin, in Hong Kong. Photo: Thomas Yau

Just a few weeks after China Mobile complained that Tencent was stealing its text messaging business, we're getting word that the two companies may have started talks for a revenue sharing agreement to resolve the dispute.

2 Jan 2013 - 9:38am