Prize for cosy ties goes to US tech giants

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. Photo: Bloomberg

In October, a US House of Representatives' committee in charge of intelligence issued a scathing report that warned American companies and government departments against doing business with China's two leading telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, because of their alleged close ties to the central government and the military.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:23am 1 comment

EU trade chief alleges subsidies to Huawei, ZTE

European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht. Photo: Reuters

The European Union's top trade official has raised the rhetoric in a brewing telecoms trade row with China, citing Huawei and ZTE for violating anti-dumping and anti-subsidy guidelines, but stopped short of a formal investigation.

19 May 2013 - 6:12am

Euro rivals reject EC's threat of Chinese tariffs

Ericsson and Nokia Siemens have urged the European Commission to back off from threatening tariffs on their Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies and ZTE. Photo: AFP

Two of Europe's biggest telecommunications equipment makers, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens, have urged the European Commission to back off from threatening tariffs on their Chinese rivals in a row over alleged illegal government subsidies.

17 May 2013 - 3:06am 2 comments

Monopoly to go in bid to boost Myanmar's telecommunications

Myanmar's President Thein Sein. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar, where telephones are in the hands of just 7 per cent of the population, will end the monopoly of its state-owned telecommunications company in June, offering two licences to outsiders.

8 Apr 2013 - 4:04am

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

PCCW, HK Telecom file lawsuit against government's 'unreasonable' fees

PCCW, HK Telecom file lawsuit against government's 'unreasonable' fees

Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) and PCCW-HKT Telephone have mounted a legal challenge to the government's licence fees, saying reductions which take effect today do not go far enough.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:59am

Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent take wireless battle to service level

Huawei uses the services business as a doorway to get into the hardware business. Photo: Bloomberg

Carriers coping with the explosion of data traffic and slowing consumer spending have turned to equipment vendors to reduce costs and improve network quality. That has boosted demand for services contracts, at a time when sluggish equipment spending has weighed on sales at infrastructure makers.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

ZTE aims to sharpen focus on US enterprise market

Xu Ming. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Shenzhen-based ZTE, the world's fifth-largest supplier of telecommunications equipment, expects to accomplish that expansion over the next few years after initially growing its new business segment across the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Africa.

12 Feb 2013 - 5:30am

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

HKBN fires up city Wi-fi hot spot spree

HKBN chief executive William Yeung (right) and Billy Yeung, founder and director of Y5Zone, seal their deal. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) plans to spend HK$200 million to expand its Wi-fi coverage across the city to 15,000 hot spots over the next 18 months.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am

Lenders give Citic full backing for Macau buy

More people are expected to visit Macau this year.

Citic Telecom International, a subsidiary of Hong Kong conglomerate Citic Pacific, has secured bank loans to buy 79 per cent of Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau (CTM).

Chief financial officer David Chan said eight banks would together loan US$1.16 billion to Citic Telecom to cover the purchase price.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:19am

HTC launches assault on Myanmar’s mobile market

HTC CEO Peter Chou holds one of his devices sporting a new Myanmar font ahead of Monday's launch of the product in Yangon. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan’s leading smartphone maker HTC opened its first store in Myanmar on Monday, seeking a foothold in one of Asia’s last remaining untapped markets.

The shop was inaugurated in Yangon by HTC chief executive fficer Peter Chou, an ethnic Chinese who was born and raised in the Southeast Asian country, company officials said.

14 Jan 2013 - 2:42pm

Citic Telecom shares rally on Macau stake deal

Citic Telecom dials up a winner with Macau deal. Photo: Bloomberg

Shares of Citic Telecom International jumped 12.9 per cent yesterday following news it will buy 79 per cent of Macau's main telecommunications operator for US$1.16 billion.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 0.64 per cent.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:01am

Mainland to open up telecoms market to local private sector

Beijing is fast-tracking stalled plans to let private firms on the mainland offer local mobile services. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing is fast-tracking the mainland's long-awaited telecommunications reforms under a plan that would let mainland private companies provide domestic mobile services.

The initiative could bode well for the reform-minded premier-in-waiting, Li Keqiang, as he pushes forward a policy that has made little progress since it was initiated in 2010.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Headwinds, high rent and new ground

Illustration: Henry Wong


Soaring fuel prices and sluggish demand in the United States and the euro zone sapped the performance of global airlines in 2012, which face more headwinds in the new year.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am