Mobile Telecommunications

Apple mulls chunkier iPhone, taking cue from Samsung

Apple may offer chunkier smartphones next year. Photo: AFP

The moves by Apple, which are still under discussion, take their cue from rival Samsung Electronics, underscoring how the US firm that once ruled the smartphone market is under threat from its aggressive South Korean competitor.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 3:50am

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.

30 May 2013 - 4:33am

Premier Li Keqiang warns EU against telecoms sanctions

Premier Li Keqiang enjoys a trip to a Bern museum; behind him is a photo of Albert Einstein's colleague Maurice Solovine. Photo: EPA

Premier Li Keqiang criticised the European Union over its plans to investigate alleged anti-competitive behaviour by Chinese makers of mobile telecommunications equipment and to impose punitive import duties on solar panels from China, state media reported.

26 May 2013 - 6:50am

CSL raises the ante on 4G network services

CSL chief Phil Mottram shows off the pocket Wi-fi router.

CSL said the expansion was made possible by more than HK$1 billion it had invested on network development and innovation since last year. It now provides 20 megahertz of 4G spectrum in the 2.6-gigahertz frequency band, up from 15MHz previously.

23 May 2013 - 4:27am

4G seen to widen Asian SMEs' reach

Google says there is not enough information online relating to the Asia-Pacific region, partly due to the dominance of English. Photo: Reuters

The launch of high-speed 4G services will help remove limits on internet use in Asia and give smaller businesses greater outreach to customers, according to industry experts.

18 Apr 2013 - 5:33am

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

Talking points

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting

The academic behind plans for an Occupy Central pro-democracy campaign in summer fleshes out his proposal. Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, floated the idea of rallying 10,000 campaigners to press the central government to keep its pledge to introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election. 

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am

China Telecom's net profit falls 9.5pc despite 15.5pc rise in revenue

Wang Xiaochu says China Telecom wants to add 30 million mobile users this year. Photo: May Tse

China Telecom, the world's biggest fixed-line network operator and the nation's third-largest mobile-phone carrier, reported a 9.5 per cent decline in net profit last year due to increased marketing costs to promote the iPhone.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

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

German court dismisses two Nokia patent infringement claims against HTC

A German court had dismissed two patent infringement complaints brought against HTC by Nokia.

Taiwan's top smartphone maker HTC said yesterday that a German court had dismissed two patent infringement complaints brought against it by Finnish phone giant Nokia.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Speculation on mainland 4G network expansion helps lift ZTE shares

ZTE announced a strategic collaboration with semiconductor giant Intel on advanced smartphones. Photo: Reuters

Shenzhen-based ZTE's share price rose 8.94 per cent to finish at HK$14.14, its biggest one-day gain since January 29, 2009 when the company was lifted by news of being included among the major suppliers of 3G network equipment for China Mobile.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Nokia targets BlackBerry in battle for business mobile phone users

Nokia's newest Lumia smartphones run on Microsoft's operating system and come with Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Photo: Reuters

Nokia is betting its partnership with corporate computing giant Microsoft will help it win business users, targeting BlackBerry's stronghold. Nokia's newest Lumia smartphones, including two introduced this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, run on Microsoft's operating system and come with Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:21am

Mozilla jumps into smartphone OS fray

ZTE will release smartphones running the Firefox OS. Photo: Bloomberg

Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox internet browser, will today launch its first smartphone operating platform and the handsets on which it will run in an attempt to shake up the way the mobile world does business.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:35am