AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and China Telecom Corp Ltd (Beijing, P.R.C.) have agreed to expand their relationship in China and the United States and will look into supporting each other in other regions. AT&T said on Wednesday that the agreement would expand its services for business customers in China and that the companies would consider jointly developing services, including video conferencing and managed hosting.
They will also look at working together in other regions, according to AT&T, but it did not provide details.
On-Ramp Wireless (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of networking and location tracking equipment, on Tuesday announced it has partnered with Green Life Networks (GLN), a department of Gemtek (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a provider of wireless broadband solutions, to provide a landslide sensor for local, state and federal governments.
By deploying a group of sensors on hills with landslide potential, these sensors are able to detect minute movements to identify the formation of potential landslide.
Based on wireless operator LTE contracts and deployments, the dominant LTE equipment provider varies from year-to-year. According to a recent report, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) will be the dominant Asia Pacific LTE infrastructure provider in 2011, with over one-fourth of all LTE macro base station deployments in the Asia Pacific region, says NPD In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A.).
Smartphone shipments reached a record 24 million units in China during the third quarter of 2011, overtaking the United States, who had 23 million units, according to a recent report by Strategy Analytics (Newton, Mass., U.S.A.). This is the first time China has surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s largest smartphone market by volume.
In China, smartphone shipments grew 58% to 23.9 million units during the third quarter of 2011, while shipments in the U.S. fell 7% to 23.3 million units, according to Linda Sui, an analyst at Strategy Analytics.
The GSMA, in partnership with Machina Research (London, England), last week announced that the growth of connected devices is booming in Asia Pacific, with the region expected to be the largest market by 2020 with over 11 billion total connected devices, and within that, almost 5.6 billion mobile connected devices, accounting for a 47% market share and far outstripping Europe (19.1%) and North America (9.4%).
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representative Intelligence Committee announced it was launching an investigation into the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the U.S., including Huawei (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) and ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.).
The investigation comes after a ten month preliminary review of Chinese communications companies was conducted by the committee staff. The preliminary review suggested that there was a national security concern of “the highest priority” and that a more extensive investigation should be conducted.
Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), the world's second largest telecoms equipment maker, plans to buy Symantec Corp's (Sunnyvale, Calif., U.S.A.) 49% stake in Huawei Symantec (Hong Kong, P.R.C.) for $530 million in a joint venture between the companies that provides security solutions for corporations.
The agreement is subject to regulatory approval, but analysts and company executives foresee few hurdles as the joint venture is based in of Hong Kong. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012, Huawei said in a statement on Tuesday.
As smartphone usage grows and consumers start using their phones for more than just voice, the concept of a mobile service provider is changing. According to two surveys, including one performed by Oracle (Redwood Shores, Calif., U.S.A.), a person’s mobile phone is replacing other devices, and in the future will be used for everything from banking to a GPS system.
Oracle surveyed more than 3,000 mobile users around the world and found that mobile devices are becoming more valuable to consumers.
China Telecom Corp Ltd (Beijing, P.R.C.), the smallest of the country's three carriers, is considering entering the U.S. wireless market by offering services to handset consumers who frequent both countries, a company executive said on Wednesday.
China Telecom plans to work out a scheme using MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), aiming to use the network infrastructure of a U.S. operator to provide such services, the executive said.
He said he did not expect significant regulatory hurdles for the MVNO plan, although some analysts are skeptical.
Trunkbow International Holdings Limited (Beijing, P.R.C.), a provider of mobile payment services, on Thursday announced that it has signed a formal strategic partnership agreement with Tianyi e-Commerce Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Telecom (Beijing, P.R.C.), for the development and marketing of China Telecom's Bestpay m-commerce payment application. Under the agreement, Trunkbow is to provide application development and support services for the mobile application, which was rolled-out to China Telecom's 3G subscribers across mainland China in August.